True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are ever united.
Wilhelm von Humboldt
This generation of ours celebrates external and physical values a lot and most times internal virtues are relegated to the pit of life. We define people by their external anatomical properties. The guys talk about ladies with curvy hips, bodacious body, and sizeable ‘boobs’ and inviting facial look. The ladies on the other hand define men by their ‘six packs’, nice physiques and even the well-carved beards (pretty funny). I am not against external beauty, in fact, whenever I see guys wrapped in toned body, I feel a bit ‘jealous’ and anytime I set my ‘holy’ eyes on ladies encased in great body and parade great figures, mehn it’s such a great stuff to behold; dimpled smiles are heavenly, height is another thing that ministers to me, I am a ‘real’ man so I get attracted to physically beautiful ladies a lot too. Little wonder, all my female friends are super cute (winks). This is my point: don’t let only these external properties determine your principal decisions in life. I am not trying to advocate for lanky men like me ooo (lol) either will I discourage hitting the gym. However, hitting the gym to burn-out the excess adipose tissues is worship because your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and it requires some level of maintenance. Here is my point– in the grand scheme of life, anatomical properties doesn’t really count.
“Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more” (2cor5:16) Paul wrote. This is my personal translation: “right now we no longer judge people by looks and appearances any more, even Christ’s physiques doesn’t matter again”. The only man with so ‘much’ details about his well-built body, massive chest, and super-sexy abs in the Bible is called Goliath and he is got one of the most shameful records; in less than 15 mins his head became a toy in the hands of a teenager(a lanky boy with a great mind). Moreover, King Saul proved height is useless when push comes to shove.
The Bible says “as a man thinks in his heart so is he”. You can’t get more out of life beyond the quality of your thought pattern. Your mind is like an application on your phone, it has different versions and it requires to be updated/upgraded with time, else it get outdated and gives less of it capacity if it functions at all. Sadly, many Christian folks do feel sound mind is automatic and buttress their point by quoting 1Cor 2:16 “…but we have the mind of Christ”. I agree perfectly. In fact Paul further confirmed that in 2Tim1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a SOUND MIND”. Yeah! It’s God’s responsibility to give you sound mind as a believer (which he had done) but it’s your responsibility to keep it sound else in no time else the mind becomes corroded and blunt yet you may be oblivious of the current state of things. In fact, this is the reason Paul pleaded (almost in tears), “…but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Rom 8:2). Beloved, we need to keep our mind educated and updated!.
Bros, it takes more than just a beautiful looks, it’s beyond the wide shoulders and massive chest. Let your perfectly toned-body be matched with a big brain and a large heart. The hypes and attentions that accompanies a smart look, a six packs abs or raunchy figure 8 body shape is only moonlight to the sun of a sound mind. In fact, striking body but stinking perception/mentality is unthinkable and deadlier than any grenade. A great body frame with an empty soul is like a mad man piloting an airplane with a thousand people on board it’s extremely chaotic right? Yeah!
Any sane woman would prefer to spend the rest of her life with gaunt-looking man with so much wisdom and maturity rather than a ‘boy’ with a six-pack body abs, who gets easily chagrined, unsettled and makes life difficult for everybody around him whenever he is exposed to pressure. A real man prioritizes virtue and character above the mirage of external curves and temporary figures. I would always rate sexual integrity and high intellectual capacity over a mere anatomical contours anytime and day! An abusive husband with nice physiques is like a broken tooth, he would always cause you nothing but pains. A lady with an Amber Rose kind of shape yet with zero parenting skill is dangerous. A huge tall man with a well toned abs with chronic inferiority complex is disaster awaiting manifestation. Even if your body is ‘hotter’ than that of Kim K and you have temper issues, sister you are close to a terrorist. “It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.” (Prov. 21:19)
Even Satan prefers men and women of great mind to just just folks nice physiques. When he is got a global task to execute he employs men of sound mind. The pictures of Adolf Hitler and Osama bin Laden told me so. The world deadliest men and women don’t look like bouncers, they are just built in their mind.
On a final note, external values would surely fade someday. The last time I visited my grandma I had a privilege of seeing her sagged ‘once upon an asset’, the elastin were exhausted; you can’t fight nature they said, many years ago they would had been carefully caged behind the cups of an expensive pairs of bra. Internal values are eternal so go for the mind not the body!