The sign that caught my attention was the one that said: “My Body, My Choice!”

Remembering the words of Saint Paul, I couldn’t help but think, “Whose Body?”

In addressing the church in Corinth, Paul says: “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; you were bought with a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

To me this is powerful scripture. Unfortunately, many of us never discover the wisdom Paul is sharing here until much too late.

We are given the gift of free choice by our creator, and as Christians, also the free gift of grace. But do we use the gift of free choice (“my rights”) as an excuse to abuse the even greater free gift of grace?

Again, leaning on the words of Saint Paul, “You say, ‘I am allowed to do anything.’ But not everything is beneficial.” (1 Corinthians 6:12).

What do these passages of scripture mean to you? To me, they mean I need to think prayerfully about how I treat this body of “mine” — where it goes, what it does, what goes into it and what comes out of it — because it’s not really mine. “My” body actually belongs to my Creator and has been entrusted to me to steward, just like any and all other resources He chooses to share with me. Suddenly it’s not “my body” anymore — it’s His body.

When I come to realize that the body I once claimed as mine is actually His, it changes my perspective. When my perspective changes, so do my choices. They’re still “my choices,” but they’re guided by something greater. What once was “all about me” is now “all about Him.”

His body. My choice.

Neill Nelson

Rocky Mount