It’s 5 a.m. My alarm sounds.
You can do this, Steph. Maybe five more minutes? No, if I wait five more minutes, then I’ll fall back asleep. It’s a good morning for a run. If you don’t go now, you’ll be late for work. You got this! You can do this.
I roll out of bed, rushing to grab my phone before my second alarm goes off, as not to wake my roommate.
“Ouch!” I moan as I stub my toe.
I head to the bathroom, turn on the sink and grab my toothbrush and toothpaste.
You can do this, Steph. It’s just an hour run. You’ll feel more energized throughout the day because of your run.
I throw on my shorts, tank top and hat. I grab my running shoes and my key. I take a couple gulps of water, plug in my headphones and head for the door.
Let’s do this!
I am 25 years old now. I wake up at 5 a.m. Monday through Friday and I work between 45 to 50 hours a week. I pay bills, rent and student loans each month. Many people would say, for all intents and purposes, I am a full-fledged adult. With all the adulting I do, sometimes it is easy to forget to take care of myself, mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
I have learned the hard way the importance of fitness and how taking care of my body affects my mind, body and spirit. Although the 5 a.m. alarm sound isn’t my favorite noise and while I’d love to hug my pillow a little bit longer each morning, something gets me up. Something motivates me to go to a workout class every Friday before I start my weekend. Something motivates me to hike that steep trail overlooking the Los Angeles skyline. Something motivates me to throw my yoga mat in my car in the morning to head to class straight after work.
Thirst. The Oxford Dictionary defines it as, “to have a strong desire for something.”
I have a thirst for physical fitness, an insatiable, persistent, incessant desire to be my very best. A desire to challenge myself physically. A desire to go faster, move quicker, endure longer, lift more and heavier weights A desire to feel and look my best. A desire for those ripped abs and toned legs. (I cannot lie about my motives for a fit physique. I want to look good!) A desire to stretch myself. A desire to go harder, longer, faster, stronger, quicker. A desire for more speed, strength, agility, flexibility, balance and speed. A desire to be my best. A desire to challenge myself and push my limits. A desire to not quit.
It may sound weird, but I thirst for more, not just physically, but in every area of my life. Isn’t that what God would want for us? To want more? To press higher in every aspect of our lives, spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically? The Bibles says in 1 Corinthians 6:10, “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.” Yes, the Bible says our bodies are temples. Should we not honor them by taking care of them?
Not only are temples sacred, important and sensitive, but they are also dedicated for worship. So your body is sacred. It is important and sensitive in the sense that it should be handled with care. It is also dedicated for worship. If we are not healthy, then how can we possibly honor our bodies the way the Bible intends for us too?
Next time my 5 a.m. alarm sounds, I will remember my body is, in fact, a temple. I am blessed to have this able body and it is up to me what I will do with it. May you and I both, continue to thirst for more and reach higher in the every area of our lives. May we continue to thirst for more in health and fitness, honoring the gift we have been given of our healthy bodies, and push for God’s very best in our lives.