I have been working on my eating habits for the last three weeks and it has been quite a blessing. On April 8th, Resurrection Sunday, I made the pledge to start eating a healthy diet that builds and sustains my life. I want to be strong and live as long as God has given me to live. We have the ability to live to a ripe old age and not be crippled and infirm in our strength.
21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.
A few weeks ago, I wrote a post on two beautiful old ladies, Annette Larkins, and Mimi Kirk, neither of whom epitimize the American idea of what an old person looks like. Though they both are 70 plus years old, they both are strong, fit, and “sexy”. They both give vibes of youthfulness and vigor. I went on their websites, and as I watched each of these ladies talk about their lifestyles of healthful eating, something dawned on me.
It appears to me that many of our “old” people stop growing mentally. How can I explain this without sounding like an arse? It seems that many of the elders become fixed at a certain time and a certain point, beyond which they don’t go. It seems that their consciouses are not expanding, but rather they are just maintaining at a certain level. These elders aren’t bright eyed or bushy tailed. That mental sharpness seems to be dulled, and all of their energy is used in the fight to keep from becoming sick at any moment. But when I watch Annette Larkins and Mimi Kirk, I quickly forget that they even are 70 plus years old. It’s not apparent in their dispositions, much less their faces.
I don’t want it to seem that I have prejudices against the elderly, because I don’t. That is not what this post is about. But when I look at Annette and Mimi, I realize that elderly people don’t have to be stuck somewhere using walkers, canes, hoverounds and chairlifts. If but for the foods they have eaten for a lifetime, they could be fit and strong, rather than weak and infirm. Too often, elders are the victims of their weakened health – physically, mentally and even spiritually. Lack of good food seems to compound in negative results. But the thing about it is that it was never meant to be that way. It comes down to the choices we make. If we would choose to eat live foods, we would have more life and more abundantly.
1 Corinthians 3:16-17
16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.
As I was thinking about all of this, I was reminded that our bodies are the temple of the Living God, and are holy and set aside for God’s use. If this is so, then we who are believers in God should take care of our bodies, so that we have the power and strength necessary to do the work that God calls us to. The power is in our own hands, because God has given us the ability to choose to take care of ourselves. He has given us all of the good foods that our bodies need to maintain long healthy life. Do you all remember Jack Lalanne? He always looked so vigorous and ready to jump right out of his skin! He was manic about health, and he lived to be 96 years old.
After years of eating junk, and drinking too much milk and cheese and bad meats, I have decided that I will take God up on His offer of good health simply by eating fresh fruits and veggies, nuts and seeds. I won’t say that I will never again eat meat, cheese, milk, or junkfood, but I have been adding more and more fruits and vegetables to my diet. In these three weeks, my palate has cleared and I can’t even stand the taste of many things that I loved so much before. I found out that I LOVE raw sweet potato, grated with apple cider vinegar dressing. The sweetness of the sweet potato and the tang of natural apple cider vinegar is food nirvana! I love dates and replace cakes and cookies with them!
God is so good, that He has allowed us the choice. We can choose to keep our bodies healthy with the abundance of food that He has provided us – fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, or we can choose to eat the engineered foods created for the sole purpose of making huge profits for greedy corporations.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
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; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.
When I was a young adult, I remember hearing stories about temple desecrations. Every so often, back in the day, thugs would go to a Jewish temple, under the cover of night, and spray paint it with swatiskas and pentegrams and other markings, thus desecrating it. In the light of day, keepers of the temple would find the defilement and contact the media. A story would be done in the hopes of finding the culprits, but these people were seldom ever found. After the story was run, and we would hear no more about it, the keepers of the temple had no choice but to clean up the mess, and life would go forward.
If God has said that our bodies are the temple of His Holy Spirit, then when we choose to eat junk food, and choose not to eat fresh nourishing foods, are we then defiling God’s temple? Personally speaking, I no longer want to defile God’s temple, which I am. I want to clean up the mess that is my body, God’s temple and move forward in health.