Talking About the Inside

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Seems like we do an awful lot of talk about the outside of our bodies: what they look like, how much fat do they have, what makeup compliments it, and what clothes we should put on it.

You get one body, and that is it. Some “live fast and hard because you only live once” and others believe you should care for it as a prized possession. The body is a prized possession in a way, just maybe not in the way you might see it.

1 Corinthians 3:16-17 NASB
“Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are.”

It’s my second night shift now this verse has really been heavy on me. Lord only knows why.

I suppose it might have to do with the fact that I work in an oilfield camp, one of maybe 4 girls, and the only one of my age, hearing all sorts of language, interesting and disturbing conversation, and knowing everyone’s bad vice/habit. It’s like living in a little town where everyone knows everybody else’ business.

I know who buys prostitutes every week they’re home, who is cheating on their wives with other women or strippers, who drinks every night away, who’s into hard drugs, and even who has impregnated their 18-year-old stepdaughter despite raising her since she was 3. I know who is $98,000 deep in owing child-support for being a runaway father, and who went to prison for stabbing their mom’s boyfriend while he was beating her. I even know the guy who works his job honestly and diligently, is well-liked and respectable, who goes home to find his wife cheating on him with his son’s karate instructor.

Point is, I know a lot of broken men, and can’t say I hear many edifying words among them to each other.
Hell…I’m broken too, right along with them.

To hear that “…the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are.” is just something you don’t get to hear everyday. I’m sure 99% of these men haven’t heard it.

I feel so sad when I see these guys…empty lives, depression, fear, self-hate, who have a lack of love and good support. They don’t know how much God loves them, and wants to give them more. He wants to give them hope, happiness, take away their fear and their worries…and He wants to make them into something great. Something Holy. They only need to turn to Him for all things.

Just where my thoughts are tonight…as I sit here meal-planning, wondering if I can make it through that Insanity workout tomorrow.

Nite fellas

S.

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