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Stewardship of the body

Caring for our bodies as God's temple has value

An adage above my desk says: "Stewardship is everything I do after I say I believe." This includes taking good care of our time, talents, resources and finances — and our bodies.

Our gracious Creator endowed each of us with an amazingly complicated yet wonderfully working collection of limbs, organs and brain cells for which we are to exercise responsible care. There is intrinsic value in taking good care of our bodies — Paul called the body "the temple of the living God" (2 Corinthians 6:16).

In practical terms this means we have a scripturally based, God-given responsibility to take the best care possible of our bodies. If we don't, we mistreat one of God's greatest and most personal gifts to us.


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