In this photo taken Saturday July 25, 2015, a jogger passes through the Warren Hills Cemetery in Harare. Due to lack of gyms and other exercise venues in many Harare neighborhoods, the cemetery has become a workout site for many fitness enthusiasts. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? — 1st Corinthians 6:19

In the past, it was my belief that if I would ever be successful or have a better quality of life, I thought that my best hope would be to keep my fingers crossed and hope things will change, then someday, maybe, I will get that lucky break. What I did not know was things are not “going to change” — you and I must change!

Opportunity mixed with difficulty isn’t going to change; it usually comes along in that fashion. Opportunity will require that you make sacrifices, do something differently, go where you’ve never gone. To be ready then, things will only change for you, when you change to match up with the change that has come your way. Reread that statement until you understand clearly what it is saying!

Since life is like the seasons, learn to reap during the fall harvest without complaint. Take full responsibility regardless to how your crop turns out. It is not the seed, it is not the sunshine, nor is it the rain storms to be criticized. It’s your crop, so take responsibility with no complaint and with no apology if you’ve done well, and with no complaint if you have not done well. Once you learn these lessons from the seasons, you will surely be successful.

Take care of yourself! Scripture says treat your body like a temple, meaning something you take really good care of. The body that your soul and spirit lives in now is the only place you’ve got to live at this time; therefore, nutrition is a key factor. How can you work 16- to 18-hour days if you don’t feel well? You may not have the vitality, which is a requirement if you don’t take care of yourself.

Did you know that there are racehorse owners out there who feed their horses better than many of us eat? Some breeders or owner may be out of breath, yet he has a thoroughbred horse that can run like the wind. These breeders take care of their animals better than they take care of themselves.

Appearance is physical — you never have a second chance to make a first impression. God looks on the inside, but make no mistake, people look on the outside. Folks shouldn’t judge you by how you look, but they do! When those same folks get to know you, they will not only judge you by what they see, but they will begin to believe in you more, because they already know you. You’ve proven yourself, they know that you know how to look and conduct yourself appropriately.

Spiritually, we are special creations, so study your values and virtues. Study and practice the scriptures or whatever it is you believe.

Mentally, you must develop your mind — study, learn and adapt quickly. The wildebeest for example, only has a few minutes to learn to walk and run once it is born. It must learn as soon as it’s born. Even as the newborn attempts to nurse, the mother won’t allow it, almost as if she’s telling it, “You only have minutes to learn, otherwise some wild animal will be happy to have your tender, fresh newborn body for supper tonight!”

Take good care of yourself — no one else can do that for you. Once again, I close with this Calvin W. Rolark quote: “If it is to be, it’s up to me!”

Lyndia Grant is a speaker/writer living in the D.C. area. Her radio show airs Fridays at 6 p.m. on 1340 AM (WYCB), a Radio One Station. Visit her website,, send comments to, or call 240-602-6295. Follow her on Twitter @LyndiaGrant and on Facebook.

Lyndia Grant

A seasoned radio talk show host, national newspaper columnist, and major special events manager, Lyndia is a change agent. Those who experience hearing messages by this powerhouse speaker are changed forever!

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