291 Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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1 Peter 2:19
For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God.
One of the strange things about growing older seems to be the often contentious relationship we have with our aging bodies. Constant discomfort from one thing or another seems to be the rule rather than the exception. Peter writes about bearing up under unh=just suffering, but that is not what I am talking about. God owes us nothing. He does not owe us comfort he does not owe us a life free from all pain. If indeed “all have sinned…” (Romans 3:23) then we are all deserving of death, but for the forgiveness of God in the grace filled death and resurrection of Jesus our Christ.
So, what about pain and discomfort? We have been given these “tents” as Paul wrote to live in while we are here and there is the promise of a renewed, restored and perfected body as Paul understands it. What we do with the body whole we are in it is up to us for the most part. An actor recently chose to lose fifty pounds for a role he was playing. When asked how he accomplished that feat. He simply replied, “I control what I put in my mouth.” Think about it. When we choose sloth and gluttony we are destroying the gift of the body God has given to us. In our old age we bear the consequences of not taking care of our earthly home.