I think there is a lot of truth to this quote.
I believe our bodies are a gift from God and I don’t think we can abuse that gift and remain close to the spirit. If we are not honoring our bodies we will not see things clearly for what they are!
I believe this because I have seen it manifested in my own life. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that two years ago when I was at my heaviest non-pregnancy weight, it was also the time I struggled the most spiritually. My actions were not in line with gospel principles I knew to be true. At the time I didn’t see that connection – the excess weight and my spiritual struggle – but it’s so clear to me now! I didn’t feel good about myself, in fact I hated the way I looked. And I think those feelings of self hatred opened the door to temptation. I found myself seeking out acceptance from the world and I was spiritually lost.
Luckily, I recognized that absense of the spirit before my actions completely ruined my life. I knew I had to change so I did. After awhile I started feeling the presence of God back in my life. And interestingly enough, as I felt closer and closer to God I simultaneously developed a greater desire to take care of my body. I began to see my body as a GIFT. Not something to abuse and misuse. And sure enough…. as I start taking better care of my body I began to see the world more clearly.
I know God loves me. I know he loves me SO much that he created a body to house my spirit. I am committed to taking care of my body with STEADFAST FIDELITY. I will not starve myself, I will not do an extreme diet and deprive myself. I will TAKE CARE of the body I have been given.
It is a gift. A gift I am grateful for.