Sunday, January 17, 2010


I'll get into our peaceful thought for the week in a minute, but first I have something I want to say.  I've been thinking a little about this whole category of "peaceful thoughts" a bit over the past week.  To me this category makes sense, but perhaps with the things I've been writing some of you are confused as to why I categorize these thoughts as peaceful.  I've thought perhaps I'd be better off calling it "scripture and reflection of the week that will somehow tie in to physical fitness."  Besides the fact that that title is long, I still think "peaceful thoughts" is better.  The reason why is this: knowing where I stand with with my Heavenly Father and with my Savior, Jesus Christ bring peace into my whole being.  Knowing how I can better behave makes me feel peaceful.  Knowing Heavenly Father's commandments makes me feel peaceful.  I like to know where I stand.  Don't we all?  There is something in me that feels better knowing where I stand in my Heavenly Father's eyes and according to His plan, even if that place where I'm currently at is far below where I should be.  At least I know where I am and how I can do better.  And I do try to do better.  Wasn't there some old slogan that said "Knowing is half the battle."...?  In this case, for me, I think that's true.  And so I read my scriptures every day with the intention of trying to learn (or remember) His commandments and in order to listen more carefully to the direction my Heavenly Father is trying to give me.  This has been a long explanation.  I hope we all came out on this tail end of it together and that I didn't lose some of you back there.  Okay, on to this week's peaceful thought.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20
"What?  Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's."

1 Corinthians 4:2
"Moreover, it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful."

First, I want to define stewardship as I understand it.  Stewardship mean that somebody has entrusted you with something of theirs temporarily and at a later time they will assess how well you have taken care of it.  In this case, Heavenly Father has entrusted me with a physical body.  It is up to me to eat healthy and exercise and refrain from doing and consuming things that would be harmful to my body.  In order to be a good steward over my body, I need to keep it as healthy as I can.  Why?  Well, first of all, because Heavenly Father said so.  But also (I think) because having a healthy body makes it so I am better able to serve others.  It makes me less stressed so I'm able to spend more time thinking about others than about myself.  It helps me to better understand those who are also trying to be good stewards over their bodies and be of support to them.  In other words, having a healthy body makes me a more able and ready servant of the Lord.  No wonder it is "required" that we be faithful stewards over our bodies.  And if all this weren't enough, we have the added motivation in the truth that our bodies are temples and that, when we treat our bodies accordingly, we'll have the companionship of the Holy Ghost.  And what a blessing that is!  To be guided and directed by that member of the godhead, that "still, small voice."  So, in closing, I would just like to remind myself (and all of you, of course) that the wish for a flat tummy is really only one small reason that we should exercise and eat healthy foods.  No wonder striving to have healthy bodies makes us happier people.  It proves us faithful stewards and followers of Heavenly Father's commandments.  How's that for knowing where you stand?


Kathy Haynie said...

I have to confess, I LOVE TO EAT!! If I'm not careful, I can get so wrapped up what goodie I'm going to eat next...pretty soon my body is in control of me instead of the other way around. When I am the one calling the shots, I am more peaceful, and the cravings calm down. Thanks for a good meditation/peaceful thought today, Katie.

JuliaKoponick said...

Katie, I am very glad that you are including this in your journey to weight loss. This is a quote from one of my favorite talks on moderation:
"The prophets counsel us with great care. Full of faith and hope, they know God and share with us his inspiration. Furthermore we can verify the source of that inspiration at any given time by listening to the Spirit. Sadly, I’ve noticed that some of us are prone to excesses in many varieties. For example, some of us eat excessively, while others ignore healthful nutrition. Some sleep too much, others not enough. Some ignore proper body care and conditioning, while others almost worship the physical body. Certainly we must gain all the new information we can in matters dealing with the health and care of our bodies, but I believe the Lord expects us to use wisdom and common sense. The key words are balance and moderation—thoughtfully applying all the truths one knows, not just a big emphasis on one of them."

If you want to read the entire talk, it can be found here.

I found it several years ago when all the old talks were put online, and I especially like it. I think that as we find balance both physically and spiritually, we are well on the way to becoming good stewards.

alee said...

Amen! The numbers on the scale matter to us (even though they shouldn't and we know- and even say- that they don't). However, it is great to keep in perspective that there is so much more motivation to "choose the right" than just one little outcome...our being healthy can help us and others in so many ways! I think it is important to think about that or else it is easy to feel discouraged or jaded about the whole dieting is for more important reasons than just a small number!

Great thought...I have been thinking about this myself this week :)

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