Tending the Temple

Training has been a way of life for me for as long as I can recall.  My passion for athletic endeavors began in third grade and has only intensified over time.  At least that was the case until two years ago…  Life’s circumstance took the wind out of my sails and left me to drift in a sea of nothingness, clinging desperately to the only One who could keep me afloat.  Though study and prayer have been staples throughout my life, they have never been so prominent as it has over these past few years.  My physical training was reduced to wandering and an occasional hike or swim, whereas my spiritual training hit an all-time intensity.  The space I was in, required it, just to survive.
Fortunately, God is so faithful to me.  He saved me from the wreckage I had become and picked me up and began to restore all that had been stripped away.  In the process, He reawakened a part of me I thought was all but gone.  The exterior of the temple had been neglected, yet the interior has gone through some intense remodeling.  My faith has been stretched and challenged as never before, yet in hindsight, I can see the incredible faithfulness of my heavenly Father, as well as how far He has moved me from my mess.  Though I will not “arrive” at some state of perfection, I know that He has brought me far and will continue to be faithful to complete what He has begun, until the day that I meet Him face to face.
It is now time to tend to the exterior too.  I again have discovered that I am feeling up to the challenge to train my physical body back to fierce form.  My soul is stable, so now onto strengthening my shell.  As I attempt to return to running, I must give myself grace to ease back in.  Balance in all things is needed so that my eyes are not averted from what truly matters most.  I anticipate the day when the distance is no longer daunting, and my lungs no longer burn for hours after I am done.  My hope is that my temple is a pleasing space to He who resides within.  Strength in structure and secure in my spirit, I intend to tend His temple well.  I am so grateful for a sound mind that has the capacity to study, and a sturdy shell that will withstand physical challenge as I push it back to a state of strength.
No more will I cower in the corner, rather I will stand and embrace the road ahead.  “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” – 2 Timothy 1:7  I was not made to be fearful nor did He create me to avoid a challenge.  He intends for me to love and be loved, and to be self-disciplined in all areas of my life.  My ultimate challenge is to walk boldly in His power, love and self-discipline, as I continue to travel this road of further discovering the depths of His deity.

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