How dare they…….!

I can almost hear the response of those who read last week’s post. It sounds a lot like this:

How dare they judge me! 

dont-judge-sin-differently-e1347311983984We hate it when others judge us but many, if not most, Christians seem to have very little trouble judging others. (Take a few moments and replay some of your most recent conversations….. Did you or your friends talk about how or why someone has done what they have done? Did you question their values? Have you made or listened to questions about their  lack of morals? Have you said that you’d never do what they’re doing? That, my friend, is not just gossip. That is judgment!)

If judgments by Christians are so easily and quickly made, then why in the world would we think that we would not be judged?

Haven’t you read……

“Don’t judge, so that you won’t be judged. For the way you judge others is how you will be judged — the measure with which you measure out will be used to measure to you. Why do you see the splinter in your brother’s eye but not notice the log in your own eye?  How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the splinter out of your eye,’ when you have the log in your own eye?  You hypocrite! First, take the log out of your own eye; then you will see clearly, so that you can remove the splinter from your brother’s eye! Matthew 7:1-5

Rather than worrying, talking, or questioning what others are doing, it’s time for us to get our lives in alignment with God’s word.

I’ve noticed that Christians like to put sin on a scale. I guess it’s easier to make judgments that way…… (I’m just saying’) And it seems as if our particular sin generally falls into the not so bad category while what  others are doing is sending them to hell in a hand basket.  But God doesn’t do that! To him, sin is sin.

Since the focus of this blog is health and wellness, may I be so bold as to remind you that slothfulness and gluttony are two of the seven deadly sins?

Gluttony  is the overindulgence and overconsumption of anything to the point of waste. The word derives from the Latin gluttire, meaning to gulp down or swallow,

In Christianity, it is considered a sin if the excessive desire for food causes it to be withheld from the needy. Because of these scripts, gluttony can be interpreted as selfishness; essentially placing concern with one’s own interests above the well-being or interests of others.

Medieval church leaders (e.g., Thomas Aquinas) took a more expansive view of gluttony,  arguing that it could also include an obsessive anticipation of meals, and the constant eating of delicacies and excessively costly foods. Aquinas went so far as to prepare a list of six ways to commit gluttony, comprising: eating too sooneating too expensively,
eating too mucheating too eagerlyeating too daintily, and/or, eating wildly.

While slothfulness  is sometimes defined as physical laziness, spiritual laziness is emphasized. Failing to develop spiritually will lead to becoming guilty of sloth. In the Christian faith, sloth rejects grace and God.

Sloth has also been defined as a failure to do things that one should do. By this definition, evil exists when good men fail to act.

For those outside the church (and anyone else who’s paying attention), the sin of gluttony and slothfulness is pretty easy to detect. And once detected, it’s quite easy to judge those who are participating in these behaviors.  (Even Christians judge others by their size, don’t they?)

Those outside of the church aren’t cloaking this in the King James vernacular, are they? They are using words like fat and lazy. Ouch!

The truth is that most people have no right to complain about being judged as a glutton or sloth because of all of the time they have spent judging and talking about others. Worse yet, there are those who bring up what others did before they were saved to remind him or her, and everyone else of how they failed God in the past.

But let’s go back…. judge not, lest you be judged. Words that were whispered in private have made many Christians open targets! If the church doesn’t want to be judged in the area of slothfulness and gluttony, then let’s be the ones who lead the way out of this obesity epidemic.

I am convinced that when we, the church, begin losing those excess pounds and start getting into shape, non-believers will start asking how we did it.

And our response can be just this simple: I finally realized that my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, that Jesus bought me with a price that cannot be calculated, and I am no longer my own but belong to Him. Once I realized this great truth, I decided to do the work necessary to for my body to be the absolute best representation of the One who lives within me.
Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received [as a Gift] from God? You are not your own, You were bought with a price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for, made His own]. So then, honor God and bring glory to Him in your body.  1 Corinthians 6:19-20 

Today’s workout…..

I’m currently doing a workout from Jefit.com called “Building your Beach Body.” It’s a three day split with upper and lower body workouts.  I had to cut the workout short in order to make it to one of my classes but this is what I did today:

Somewhere in the middle of this workout, I just wanted to quit! Not only was I running out of energy, I also had the nagging thought that none of this really matters anyway so why bother pushing myself. And then I thought of this scripture:

She girds herself with strength [spiritual, mental, and physical fitness for her God-given task] and makes her arms strong and firm.  Proverbs 31:17

So I looked up the scripture and took a moment to really think about it….. (Thank goodness for iPhones and Bible apps!) This one workout does matter. I’m doing exactly what the scripture instructs me to do by making my arms strong and firm.  And it matters even more when I take the time to align my spirit and soul to the physical me who is working really hard.

You see, I am convinced that this physical body of mine ought to be a representation of my inward spirit and mental well-being. I’m not saying that I should look like one of the fitness models in my Oxygen magazine but I definitely should be doing everything within my power to be the best Sharon that I can be – body, soul, and spirit.

Today I allowed the woman in this scripture to challenge me to push through my workout and align myself to God’s word…….

Speaking of this Proverbial Proverbs 31 woman, I can’t help but wonder how I would respond if I were to meet her in real life. I think she would be intimidating if I didn’t take the time to get to know her. But if I were to gather up my courage and introduce myself I’m pretty sure that she would be more than willing to be a mentor and friend.

Maybe, like me,  there’s a real Proverbs 31 woman in your life that you’ve been afraid to introduce yourself to….. If so, I’m hoping that this post encourages you to gather up your courage and introduce yourself to this amazing lady. I’m sure that there is a lot that she can teach you. And it wouldn’t be a one way street – there is a lot that you can share with her.

Always remember this – when we align spirit, soul, and body then we too become that Proverbs 31 woman.

What will I leave behind?

 

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At 9:51pm on August 29, 2013 Liberty Ann Daugherty made her appearance into the world and I entered into the grand land…. 

Within moments of her birth I became as  hopelessly devoted to this littlest member of our family as I’ve been to Hannah. 

As Hannah got some much needed rest and I sat and held Lil’ Miss Liberty this morning, I began to think about what the writer said in Proverbs 13:22:

A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children‘s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just. (KJV)

I want to leave Hannah and Liberty (and any precious babies that come along in the future) much more than land, houses, and livestock. I want to leave behind the generational blessing of being divinely aligned to the Father in spirit, soul, and body. I want to leave spiritual wholeness, a heart for God, divine health, fitness, and mental/emotional wellness. 

God has shown me that this is more than a personal calling or a new ministry. Today He   connected all the dots to show me that this divine revelation of alignment would become an inheritance for my girls…..

Tonight I want to encourage you to examine your lives to see what you kind of inheritance you’ll leave behind for your children’s children. Will you leave them an inheritance of being divinely aligned with their Heavenly Father in spirit, soul, and body or will you leave something else?

If this post gets you thinking about the inheritance you’ll leave behind please let me know by posting pictures of your children and your children’s children…..

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21 Day Challenge

There is only one thing in life belongs to us and that’s body. Everything else either relationships or temporary possessions.


Let’s begin with the three most important relationships in our lives:

  • Our partners join their lives with ours but they do not belong to us. They choose whether they stay in our lives or leave us behind. And even if they stay with us for the rest of our lives we know that one of us will see Jesus before the other.
  • We have children but they’re not ours. We are only temporary custodians until they are mature enough to make decisions on their own.  
  • Our parents care for us as children and we care for them in their old age but we always know that there will come a day when they will see Jesus long before we do.

Everything else is temporary because we know that we can’t take it with us:

  • Money
  • Houses
  • Cars
  • Jewelry
  • Clothes

If you were to observe anyone’s life for a week, you’d be able to tell what was most important to them by how much time they invest in it. Is more time spent taking care of the temporary things like houses and cars than investing in relationships?  Do they take care of the relationships and neglect the body?

If we do not take care of our bodies, we will be unable to take care of the relationships or anything else. It’s not selfish to invest time and money in taking care of yourself. In reality, it’s a gift that you give to yourself and to those around you.

21 Day Challenge: Begin to invest time, energy, and money into taking care of your body by planning healthy meals, scheduling time to exercise, and setting a regular bedtime.