“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit?”
~1 Corinthians 6:19
After a simple meal at my house, my friend Paula and I sat and shared ideas about our goals for 2017. “I want to take tender loving care of my animal,” she said. “You know, my body.”
I nodded in agreement. I want that, too. I went to sleep thinking about the simplicity but profundity of her goal. What if we all decided to take tender loving care of our bodies this year? What would we give up? What would we add? Less unhealthy food choices? More time spent walking and exercising? Less time at our desks under fluorescent lights and more time out in nature under the beautiful sky? Our bodies house the most incredible thing on the planet: the Holy Spirit. Yet, we so often mistreat or ignore our bodies. We often don’t like our bodies! Sometimes, it even feels as if we are at war with the flesh and bones that contain God’s Spirit.
I’m committing this year to take tender loving care of my animal—this body I live in. I’m committing to like my animal, no matter how wrinkled, saggy, or tired it may be. I’m committing to knowing with my whole heart, that my body houses God’s Spirit. Will you commit to taking tender loving care of your animal this year?
“In the same way, let your light shine before others…”
“I want you to be a light for others,” God told me on our morning walk together.
“I thought I was already,” I said, rather defensively. God laughed, as He is apt to do when He talks with me.
“Yes, but I want you to really shine now. Really burn.”
“What about burning?” I asked. I wasn’t thrilled with the word.
“The work of being a candle is that it has to burn in order to share its light,” God explained.
“You want me to burn?” I asked. I’m sure God could hear the concern in my voice.
“I want you to burn with my love for you. I want you to be on fire with the Holy Spirit. I want you to shine so bright that other’s hearts will be illuminated.”
“So, it’s a metaphor, this fire you speak of,” I said, relieved.
“Of course it is Sparrow,” God smiled. ” I want you to fall even more in love with me. I want you to trust me even more than you do.”
“How do I do that?” I asked.
“I’ll help you,” He said gently as He rested His hand on my shoulder.
God wants you to do the work of burning for Him, too. To share your light with others, you’ve got to be on fire for God. It doesn’t happen on its own; you’ve got to strike the match. Ignite your reality with God.
“God is love.”
~1 John 4:8
“Aren’t you forgetting something?” God asked me as I lifted a pillow from the couch and peered underneath.
“I forgot where I put my car keys. Want to help me find them?” I asked.
“I didn’t mean your car keys,” God answered.
I dropped to my knees and looked under the couch. There they were! I picked them up and dashed out the door. I spent the entire day running errands. When I got home I curled up on the couch, exhausted.
“Aren’t you forgetting something?” God asked me.
“You asked me that this morning. Sorry. I’ve been busy. What am I forgetting?”
“How much I love you,” God said with so much tenderness in His voice that my heart melted.
“Awwwwww. Thank you!”
“You get so busy that you forget the most important thing of all,” God said. “Love is the only real thing in life. Everything else is just an illusion, a distraction.” I thought about my hurried day.
“I love you beyond your wildest dreams. Beyond your comprehension. I’m always with you,” God said. “Will you remind the others, in case they have forgotten?”
“Yes, I’ll tell them,” I said.
“Tell them that I sing over them as they sleep at night. I watch over them by day. I celebrate every good thing in their lives. I mourn their every sorrow. I love them to the heights and depths of my creation, and beyond. My heart leaps every time they call my name, every time they remember me,” God said gently.
My eyes pooled with tears at the thought of how happy God is when we remember Him, and how often we forget Him. “Yes, I’ll tell them, God,” I promised. And so I have, with this Soul Reminder.