I’ve really taken to heart to the things we have been discussing in my New Testament course. Last week we talked about how to be strong in your heart, mind, body, and soul. But what does that mean? How are we suppose to use our strength for God?
Well, think about the famous quote from Muhammad Ali, “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” I believe this means to love all, be kind to all, and be the best person you can be. But don’t let yourself be walked on. Just like Jesus, he loved and cared for everyone, but when one tried to test or temp Him, he but His foot down and stood for what he believed in. You can be strong in your heart by not giving in to your desires or pleasures. As God asks us to, be on your guard. We’re all humans and we’re going to make mistakes. Even the people you depend on the most will letcha down from time to time. Be strong in your mind means to stay sharp. Matthew 7:7 says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find it; knock and the door will be opened to you.” God promises us that He will give us what we need, regardless if that patients, wisdom, guidance, just anything we need to live through Christ everyday. Staying strong physically doesn’t mean start going to the weight room and max out every single day. However, we do need to take care of ourselves.
Besides these bodies of ours aren’t really ours….they’re Jesus’ temple. Don’t induce your body with harming aspects. Not only is it pointless, but it dumbs down the wonderful characteristics that you possess. Soul strength is probably the most important strength to have. Wonderful things like faith, hope, and affection start from the soul. If you have a positive outlook on everything you do, it could make a huge difference in anything you do. One of the perks at UC is how personal we get. Whether it’s a religion class or not, professors encourage us to explore our religious faith. I really hope you do too.
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This post is dedicated to Anita Maulden & her amazing family.