“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body”
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
How would you treat the temple of God? Or even if you’re not religious, how would you treat a temple that has been offered to you by an authority figure to take care of? Would you let it decay and rust? Would you let it stagnate? Would you be discriminating in allowing people inside? Would you let trash inside and watch it pollute your temple? Or would you be more discerning in who you allowed in your temple?
Unless you are an irresponsible person, you would be very careful on who you let inside. You would try to keep the temple as clean as possible, as well preserved as possible. In fact, if you’re an entreprising person, you would try to improve the temple you received. Only leeches decrease the value of what they’re given. Preserving the value is good too, but increasing the value of what you’re given is what people with plans of making it in the world do.
That temple is your body. How do you treat the temple you were given?
If you’re like most people, your temple is probably in shit condition from letting a lot of trash in and never cleaning it up. You probably don’t even care that it’s in shit condition. That’s because you’re a piece of shit who doesn’t realize the gift you have been granted. Your temple could be magnificent. Your temple could be so beautiful that people with similarly beautiful temples would love to visit it. Your temple could be an offering of honor and praise to the lord. Yet you stay mired in decadence and mediocrity. What does that say about you?
From a christian point of view, the offense is even more egregious. You soil the temple of the lord and yet still call upon Him for help when things go awry. How conceited are you? You don’t hold up your end of the bargain and still expect Him to hold up his end? Why? Because you are special? Lol.
Treat your body with respect and love, cherish it and watch how it becomes a temple the Lord is glad to reside within rather than an unsightly temple of slothiness and gluttony.
What does this mean concretely?
Eat healthy, don’t do drugs, exercise. These are the key staples to building a splendid temple that will honor the Lord and bring great pride to yourself. Simple yet terribly effective.
Start treating your temple how it ought to be treated today, and watch the quality of your life rise gradually.