1 Corinthians 6:20. Therefore Glorify God in your body.
Those of you that already know me, know that I enjoy athletic activity; rowing, bicycle riding, hiking, weight lifting, etc. So, when I read my assigned verse for this reflection, I got really excited!
Many of my family, friends, and acquaintances just shake their heads and roll their eyes when I start extolling the virtues of athletic activity for one’s body, mind, and soul. Physical activity is not to everyone’s liking. But this verse sums up why I do it in a very neat package. You see, I do not take my physical body for granted. I have had friends with debilitating illnesses, like MS and RA. I also had a dear sister-in-law taken far too young by cancer. They wanted to participate in sport, but simply could not. So I appreciate every day that my body allows me to get up and experience what it can do. My body is a healthy gift from God; a blessing. And by using my body to its fullest ability, I can glorify that gift. And in the process, glorify its creator.
I also enjoy classic art, mostly oil paintings and sculpture. It is not uncommon to see the human body glorified in this way as well. Just think of Michelangelo’s statue of David, Ruben’s nudes, Degas’ dancers, or the works of my favorite artist, Auguste Rodin (The Thinker, The Kiss, etc). As I look at these pieces, I am again reminded of the amazing machine we have been given, and how it’s beauty is illustrated in infinite shapes and sizes.
Thanks be to God! Now let’s go for a bike ride. Or, watch the Olympics. Or visit an art museum. And glorify God in all bodies.