Again, I'm thinking through where my thoughts were a year ago. I opened this post from last March and started laughing. I am EXACTLY where I was a year ago. So much so, that I am currently waiting for this book to come to me in the mail for the THIRD time. I've given it away twice and last week I knew I needed to read it again. The picture I placed at the end is SO true, OH how I wish I had continued with this diligently! Maybe this time......
A thought for you -
"We are not angels, pursuing God without physical covering, and if we try to pretend that we are - living as though the state of our bodies has no effect on the condition of our souls - all the proper doctrine in the world can't save us from eating away our sensitivity to God's presence or throwing away years of potential ministry if we wreck our heart's physical home" Gary Thomas: Every Body Matters
I'm contemplating health this week. Or, rather, my lack of health.... and it's perfect timing for moving on to the newest book in line in my book system. I started reading this book months ago, but as I confessed in my former blog I was not exactly focused on what I was reading (too many books at once). So, I started over.
My friends can probably tell you that at some point in our friendship I have gone off on a rant about minister's not paying attention to their health (remember when you judge me or think I am judging others that WE are ministers and I am talking about myself and my husband as well..). We spend TONS of money and resources on ministry tools (projectors, sound systems, books, materials...), and neglect the ONE TOOL that God gives us that when it breaks down we're DONE. Really, DONE. How many years of ministry will we miss because we didn't take care of our ministry tool? How many ministers are yearning for retirement in their 60's simply because they are tired and unhealthy, when there could have been a good 15 or so more years of being used of God?
Oh, and by the way, this doesn't just apply to ministers.....
Gary Thomas is saying that and a lot more in this book! It's like he climbed into my head and figured out how to write what I am thinking - only in a way that is actually clear and publishable...hehe.
So, my challenge is to really think through that quote at the top. What does that mean for you and your walk with the Lord?
I know I will. (and a year later....wish I did)