One of the things I’ve learned in my journey to being healthier, is that it is a CHOICE , I have to make each day. I can’t rest on yesterday’s good choices, I have to make good choices today. Because I believe in being healthy in a holistic sense, I believe that I have to choose to be healthy in my body, my mind, and my spirit. As I shared in my last post my word for this year instead of a list of resolutions is BALANCE. So I must make choices everyday that keep a balance in my body, mind and spirit. If I neglect one of these areas it will throw me off-balance in the others, are you following me here? This was huge for me to learn and understand. I might do really good at eating and exercising and resting, but be really out of control in thinking too negatively about myself, my relationships, or others and that might cause me to have an emotional response that I then try to fix with food and before I know if, I”m out of balance and into unhealthy patterns again. Or, I focus too much on the physical and mind things and don’t feed my spirit by worship, prayer, meditation, and I start seeing bad attitudes and wrong thinking creep in and I lose my joy and before I know it there is an effect of stress which may trigger not sleeping or eating right. God made me a very cohesive, connected person and when one area is out of balance, I feel it affects the total me. So to be healthy, I must make it my priority to choose balance in these three areas that make up me. I have so much more joy and success since I recognized this. In the book of Deuteronomy in the Bible, God says: I put before you life and death, choose life. I realize that God is always wooing me to choose life if I will listen. I am thankful that it is possible to do so by taking on one day at a time and living fully in that day and not worrying about the mistakes I made the day before or worrying about tomorrow, but choosing TODAY to do better in keeping these areas in balance. What an awesome and powerful thing God granted us: THE POWER OF CHOICE, and yet he also lavished us with GRACE, by letting us start fresh everyday to make better choices!
I hope if you are struggling with health issues, or a stressful life that you will consider the holistic approach to getting your body, mind, and spirit in balance. Choose balance, choose LIFE. Rest in and enjoy your life each day instead of spinning your wheels. Make a good choice each day for your body, mind and spirit. That is where we find true freedom.
Here’s an example of choosing for today:
I will eat slowly and enjoy my food and not overeat today.
I will try to be aware to catch negative thoughts running through my head about myself (I’m stupid, fat, not pretty, lazy…..) I will replace that thought with a positive thought about myself: (I am teachable, I am able to make good choices in my eating, I have beautiful eyes, I like to walk)
I will connect with God and feed my spirit. Today I will read a passage from the Bible and listen for God to speak to me from it. I will make a thankful list today of all that is going well in my life and the blessings I have today.
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LIFE TODAY IS ON FULL SPEED. We need to take responsibility to slow it down to a pace where we can put balance in it by our CHOICES that lead to a good LIFE and not choices that will lead to DEATH. To just go with the flow, leads to DEATH. Be willing to be counter-cultural. Choose small changes everyday that will help you enjoy a healthier more fulfilling life. You will impact those around you who see the change in you.