Our Body Can Be A Prison Or A Temple,
Dominic Novak, motivational speaker,
author, lifestyle coach,
nutritional advisor, owner/CEO
As I write this blog I can relate to being a prisoner trapped inside my body as well as my body being the temple of God.
187 weeks ago I had an amazing spiritual awakening. Prior to that I had very little understanding of spirit and faith. I lived in today’s world of face paced life style and having to be successful at all costs and achieve, achieve and achieve. I spent 90% of my day in work with very little left over for my family, my spiritual growth and my personal development. I was a personal trainer with a very successful business. I had to be “on” 14-15 hours per day – high energy, motivation and inspiration. At the end of the day I was exhausted completely spent from the high emotion of the day. I was motivational in public, but depressed and an emotional wreck in private. I was a captive to my life style.
I was consumed with fear, worry and anxiety because success was the pinnacle of my pyramid. I could never make enough to satisfy my yearning for more. I was prideful, selfish and had to do things my way. My down turn came when the market began to crumble and people were backing away from my business. I came to the resolution that I did not want to live my life like this anymore.
I remember what my father had said to me growing up, “son God will always be there for you.” My father grew up in an orphanage where religion was a huge part of his life. I just could not relate to him. When major times of trouble hit my business I decided I had nothing to lose so I hit the floor and prayed to God to help me. That was 187 weeks ago.
My life is completely different now. Instead of having success as my pinnacle, I put myself into 4 quadrants during the day: Career/community; Faith/God; Family/Friends; personal growth and development. My life is filled with balance but the main difference is God is the pinnacle of my pyramid. Where he leads me I follow. My body is a temple for God’s work. Instead of being a prisoner to my life and my sin, I’m a temple for God to live in me and live through me. The spirit is awaken within me and I live to do great things for God’s glory.
This difference is startling to me. As I lived captive of my success I was unhappy, unhealthy, fear and anxiety ridden. Living with God as my temple I’m happy, healthy and excellence in all aspects of my life driven. Believing in God is not a weakness; believing in God strengthens our weakness.
Dominic can be reached at:
Innocent Spouse & Children Project
Christ Church Greenwich
254 East Putnam Avenue
Greenwich, Connecticut, USA 06830
Rev. Jeff Grant, JD, M Div, Director
Director of Prison Ministries
First Baptist Church of Bridgeport
126 Washington Avenue, 1st Floor
Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA 06604
Lynn Springer, Advocate