Sunday, November 1, 2009

The Coordinated Whole

"With body, mind, and spirit functioning perfectly as a coordinated whole, what else could reasonably be expected other than an active, alert, disciplined person." - Joseph Pilates

"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world, 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" - Romans 12: 1,2

As with any piece of machinery, overall productivity and efficiency depend up maintenance and calibration of individual components. So too the body, mind and spirit. Joseph Pilates realized that the body requires careful attention and calibration. It was to him an expected requirement for enjoying an active, alert and disciplined life.

Joseph Pilates did not invent the body’s requirement for continual improvement. He simply recognized what God had already set into motion.

Psalm 139:14; “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and my soul knows very well.”

Here the Psalmist offers an uncontrollable adoration to God for His unimaginable handiwork. Every component of the human body - sets into motion a reverent awe. So powerful is this handiwork of God that the Psalmist can only say, “my soul knows very well.” This phrase denotes the impossibility of man to even utter, with absolute knowledge, how the eye can see, how the ear can hear, how all the components of the body work together. But deep within man’s soul is the recognition of God. Mankind may defiantly attempt to remove every visible outward expression of God - but the souls of even those who would outwardly defy Him, forever internally proclaim Him.

And so, as believers present themselves to God for His service, He speaks clearly through them to the souls of those to whom He calls. And by so doing we prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

No comments:

Post a Comment