Gosh, I love this topic. Physical health is high priority in my life (not so much so that I don’t have cookies and wine- unrealistic in my opinion 😉 ) The reason I hold it so high is because everything I do in my life depends on it. Without it, I wouldn’t have the energy to keep up to my baby, have the discipline to reach my goals, or the stamina to keep up to the demands of daily routine. However, even though I really enjoy taking care of my health, it’s not an easy thing to come by…
It’s not always fun to workout. More times than not I’d rather make something easy like KD than cook a well-rounded meal. Recommended water intake means I might as well paste my name to the door of the washroom because I pretty much claim it. Why is taking care of yourself so difficult?
First, and foremost, I believe part of it is because of the way we have structured our society. We work, work, work, study, study, study, and there is no time for anything else because you have expended all of your energy in one place. I’ve heard the term “hustle” in today’s culture. So basically, it’s all about go, go, go, achieve, achieve, achieve. Check-off your to-do’s, feed the family supper, go to bed, rinse and repeat in the morning.
I’m not a fan of the word balance, because I don’t believe it truly exists. However, I do believe that extremes of ANYTHING is unhealthy. We need a little bit of everything- including time to take care of our body and ourselves. We are the ones that have to choose our priorities. That’s what it ultimately comes down to. Everyone has 24 hours given to them in a day, but you’re the one that gets to decide what you’ll do with them.
However, it is important to have a healthy mind-set when it comes to physical health. It is easy to begin to obsess over it, causing it to lose its value. Today’s society tempts us to believe that true happiness comes from looking a certain way physically.
“For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come” 1 Timothy 4:8
Physical health is only one piece of the puzzle. Our focus should be on God, and everything flows from there. When we are in Him and through Him, we experience wholeness- the entire picture. I love the scripture verse above, because it reminds us that our bodies are temporary- He is the constant. If you depend on him as your power source, you will excel in everything you do. You will gain clarity about the priorities of life, and you will find that each day is guided by His footsteps. Glorify God in all that you do- there you will find peace (which is another key ingredient for your physical health 🙂 )
Wishing you health and happiness through the computer screen!
- Jess 🙂
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