Beginning a wellness journey is a daunting task. It’s like looking at a room that is a complete mess. Where do you begin? It’s easier to shut the door and pretend what lies beyond doesn’t exist.
Resist that urge.
Find your why. You won’t stick to any goals until you know why you’re trying to accomplish them. Do you want to be healthy? Are you sick of feeling sick? In my last post, I suggested that everything begins with God. He is our Maker. No one knows us better than He does. This is what He tells us about our body:
Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.” -1 Corinthians 6:19-20
This passage speaks to those who have accepted Christ as their Lord and Saviour (if you haven’t done that or aren’t sure how, check this out). This scripture tells me that, as much as I’d like to eat whatever I want or sit around watching TV, I can’t. I don’t belong to myself and I can’t indulge my flesh as if it does and expect to be healthy and happy. I need to take care of myself by eating right, exercising, drinking plenty of water, getting enough rest, etc.
Personally, I wanted to feel better, but that wasn’t enough to get me off the couch. So I had to dig deeper to realize that I wanted to be useful. I wanted to be there for other people. I didn’t want to be a slug that nearly fell asleep behind the wheel before coming home from work and crashing on the couch. I didn’t want to continue to be useless; to myself, my family and, most importantly, to God.
What do you want to accomplish? What are your aspirations – your hopes and dreams?
Your homework for today: pray again. Pray for God to give you insight and wisdom. He knows what you want better than you do. And He knows what He created you for. Ask Him to help you find your why. Once you’ve got it, write it down and keep it handy to help you remain strong while you continue on your journey. Keep going if you’re ready for step 4.
Here’s to your health!
J F Rogers