The Body: One Half of a Whole and Happy Soul


I am fascinated by the human body.

All its organ systems, processes, and strengths—all its healing methods, abilities, and intuitions...if you give the body a chance to prove its greatness to you—even in pondering alone—it will. Time and time again.

As I've grown, I've come to see something especially unique about the body: its utmost strength—of all its incredible abilities!—is that it mobilizes the spirit. Thus a clean, functioning body, one stirred by the spirit, venerates God in every action and every movement.

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?...Therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. 

— 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

I see this scripture specially come alive through my daughter, as she purely and gratefully uses her young body.

Yesterday she climbed, crawled, slid, and scooted all over our playground. She applied her every muscle to improve and strengthen her body. Watching her move merited my amazement: she innately knows how to move and do, and she is so grateful for her mobility. I may give her physical food and comfort, but long before her birth - from the earliest days of my pregnancy—that girl's body had life. Enlivened and energized by a divine spirit, her good soul ever inspires my own.


I've also learned from Olivia that the body is vital in expressing spiritually sourced emotion. Last Saturday found me crying once, and Olivia, upon hearing me, stopped playing and literally came to my side. Wrapped in her short arms, she looked up at me with bright eyes and the  most eager smile. Her expression said, "I love you mama and I am grateful for you. Everything is okay!" 

Looking back at her, my heart seemed to swell and I did feel okay. From her spirit to mine—through her body to mine—I felt loved, comforted, and consoled. The answer to my prayer, which is something solely spiritual, came by way of something purely physical.

How are you using your body to bring glory to God and others to Him? Just as little Olivia does and every other child, so enthusiastic about its physical abilities, I know we can do so (and I say this to motivate me, especially)! We can inspire and love others by the way we positively use our bodies and spirits.

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