Gary Thomas is a writer in residence at Second Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, and an adjunct faculty member teaching on spiritual formation at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of several books, including Sacred Marriage, Pure Pleasure, Authentic Faith, and Every Body Matters—the book from which this week's readings are adapted. He is an avid runner who has completed eight marathons, including Boston. Gary is married, has three children, and lives in Houston, Texas.
What he Said … "I Know I Should, But … "
Dr. Kenneth Cooper has noted in Faith-Based Fitness that one reason so many people fail to take care of their bodies is that "most people have a relatively weak belief in the need for good eating." In other words, people say, "I know I should eat better, but … " It's sort of like, "I know that driving five miles over the speed limit is technically breaking the law, but it just doesn't seem like that big of a deal, so I do it all the time."
A weak belief produces weak commitment.
Paul appeals to the highest authority to give us new motivation. If we want to become more useful to God and better prepared to do any good work he has planned for us, we will take these words to heart: "Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies" (1 Cor. 6:19-20, NIV).