The Good, The Bad, and The Body.

This Thursday I started my normal Thursday morning with my 6 am holy hour, followed by my normal morning run with my friend Abbey, and by this point, in the week I normally already have my blog written (my week just got so full of blessings I didn’t get the chance), so all morning I was thinking of some great ideas. But it wasn’t until I was getting my butt kicked at rackett ball that I finally had this aha moment. 

If any of you know me, I’m far from athletic. I’m like 5’2 and not very coordinated, but I love participating in sports, but I love watching even more. I say this like all the time to my friends, but I love watching people do what they do best. The human body and all of its abilities truly fascinates me, and studying biology (literally life), makes me fall in love with the body even more, and more so the creator behind it. 

Like, think about it. How great is our God? Seriously, just look around. We have these ballerinas on their tiptoes, runners, basketball players (that to me are so tall that they look like they are flying as they stride from one side of the court to another in like 5 steps). And it’s not just the athletes. Every time I hear my roommate Tilena sings, it’s like the Holy Spirit just radiates from her soul. Or there are the genius minds that come up with medical advancements or figure out how the stars align. Or carpenters and artists who can do wonders with their hands. Like all of these talents blow my mind. 

I don’t think the talents even measure up to the compassion and love the bodies have too. Like have you ever seen a child come into the world and how instantly their mother rejoices after hard pain and labor? Have you seen people who go out of their way to love the poorest of the poor like Mother Teresa? Have you ever been forgiven by someone who should’ve kicked you to the curb? Have you seen how hard people work for justice? Have you ever seen someone commit themselves completely to the priesthood, religious life, or marriage and just been amazed?

Each and every day I see the goodness each and every human is capable of. I see people who give God the glory and just give themselves completely in everything they do. Whether it’s leaving it all out on the field, or emptying out your heart to the world, all of these things can be done in a way that glorifies God. It’s through the sweat, blood, toil, and exhaustion, that we finely see what passionate love truly is. Funny it almost sounds exactly like the punishment Adam and Eve were given for the fall, ha like a punishment of tough love! This passion is built through sacrifice and giving it all you got, even when you feel you have nothing left to give.

It’s crazy because these things often leave us feeling fulfilled, despite the emptying. Yet when we find ourselves in the midst of sin we feel empty and ashamed. It’s quite strange that we feel empty when honestly we know we had so much more to give. Hmmm….Maybe it’s because we are blind. Too blind to see what we were made for, and that our goodness and fulfillment can only be found in doing our Father’s will. We are made to glorify Him, and only Him. We empty ourselves out, yet our cup overflows because He is good.

There’s this passion, this zeal, this contagious love, found in the goodness of the body that is a mere blurred reflection of God’s passionate love for us. He loved us so much, that He emptied himself completely, stumbling to His throne, as He died a painful and agonizing death. And that same God comes down to dwell in us. It is He whom we receive, body, blood, soul and divinity every single mass. Every time His body hits your tongue, no matter how empty, how lost, or how broken you feel, I want you to hear Him whisper “I love you and you are mine, completely mine.”

He fights recklessly for us and claims a dwelling place within us. We are a temple in which He dwells. He looks at our bodies and sees something good. Yes, we will fall, but He will wash us clean, and make us new and whole entirely. First, we must say yes to that, and I pray that you never forget how good your body is. Do not hand yourself over so easily. Do not let them use you and abuse you. You are so loved, so beautiful, so good, and I see the most amazing King dwells within you. Do not forget that. 

So many people hand themselves over to lust. They let the temple of the Lord be defiled, and I tell you from experience it’s a dark place to be. You hand over your soul to desire and evil, it’s quite literally like letting the light of your whole world be blown out. You are the light of the world. Do not hide, shame, degrade, or defile what the Lord has made. Oh, how I wish God would convict every single soul out there to believe the truth about the human body. If only every soul on Earth knew the truth. Well, that truth has to start somewhere and it starts with you. God has chosen you. So dance, sing, run, jump, speak or whatever you do, do it with love. Glorify the Lord your God in all that you say and do. For above all things we are called to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, and mind. What more does our God need to do to prove to you how much He loves you? Not only does He claim you as His own, but He also gives His entire self to you. To Him, you are always more than enough.

I love you all so much, and He loves you infinity. God Bless.

Blessed is the man who perseveres in temptation, for when he has been proved he will receive the crown of life that he promised to those who love him. No one experiencing temptation should say, “I am being tempted by God”; for God is not subject to temptation to evil, and he himself tempts no one. Rather, each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire conceives and brings forth sin, and when sin reaches maturity it gives birth to death.  Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers: all good giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no alteration or shadow caused by change. He willed to give us birth by the word of truth that we may be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

James 1:13-18

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