The air was so thick and heavy today I didn’t know if I could do it, but I climbed on my faithful bike, and away we went into the soupy mixture of July humidity. Hard to breathe when the air feels like you could almost drink it and I’ve never figured out how to breathe under water.
But I kept pressing into it, pumping the pedals up and down while my lungs tried to filter through the soup to find some air. I love mountain biking, but I really love it when it’s cool and the air is crisp. My favorite time to ride is fall . . . summer is my least. I hate riding in the heat.
Even though I say I “love” mountain biking, I need to clarify. I don’t usually “love” it before I get on the bike. Usually I have to make myself do it. Once I get started, I love it. But I really don’t want to climb onto the bike naturally.
But I keep pressing into it.
Why? Why do I leave the house sometimes before the sun rises to do another ride?
What does it really matter?
Because I’m not my own. My body is God’s temple.
Now please understand, I HATE exercise.
I ran into my junior high school gym teacher recently. She still remembers me. I think I know why. She knew how “fond” I was of third period—gym class. (I hope you caught the sarcasm in that statement, because it was definitely there!) She probably never saw a more uncoordinated girl in her life. She could tell I’d rather read a book than get involved in the volleyball game.
I hate exercise but I love God’s glory more.
And they may not seem like it, but they are intertwined.
I don’t like that they are intertwined, but they are.
Being a good steward of my physical body through healthy eating and exercise, when done as an act of submission and obedience, glorifies my Creator.
[box]“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)[/box]
My natural inclination is to veg-out on the couch with a good book, but if I stay on the couch for the rest of my life, eventually my muscles will atrophy! Our bodies are healthiest when used. I mean, it’s a no-brainer, every medical website and physician stresses: Eat right and exercise!
(I keep hoping they’ll change that to: “EAT MORE CHOCOLATE!! And get some rest!”)
On days when I want to stay on the couch, want to skip the ride, or just chunk the whole exercise thing . . . if I remind myself that I’m not doing this for fun . . . I’m biking for God’s glory, then I have the motivation I need to get back out there and glorify God in my body.
[box]“For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:20)[/box]
Do I always bike when I should?
Do I always glorify God in my body?
But I am thankful that He gives the opportunity to demonstrate my love for Him in ways as simple and small as a bike ride for His glory. And I’m thankful for His mercy and grace when I opt out. But I’d much rather love him well than veg-out on the couch.
How about you?
How are you glorifying God in your body today?