I began this day thinking I would write this post this morning but the morning got away from me and soon it was time to leave for therapy for my recovering wrist. As you might imagine once I left the house the remainder of the day went quickly from one thing to another and now here we are. The best part of this day was that there was a more than normal sense of being with God today. I’ve been thinking about all of the wonderful people the Lord has brought into our lives and have spent most of the day lifting them up in prayer. I have thanked God over and over for the blessing these people are in my life and in the lives of all around them.
How does this relate to wellness you might be asking? Well as I observed people at the conference I was at last week, in my neighborhood and at my place of employment I am struck by the number of people who do not feel well. They have pain with movement. They are tired all the time. They are overweight. They are “allergic” to lots of things which makes life miserable. The thing that struck me is that most of these maladies can be ended by making different choices. I am so proud of some of my friends who are doing so. Let me give you a couple of examples with the intent of encouraging you to make choices to enrich your own life.
One friend of mine has struggled with her knees for years. They are finally both replaced but some extra weight still makes walking long distances a problem. She has tried several diets over the years and lost some weight only to gain it back some time later. This spring she decided to take a more aggressive approach to her own wellness and started treating some other let’s say ailments in her life. In that process a healthcare provided suggested she try cutting out wheat or gluten and dairy and see how she felt. It wasn’t long and she said she felt like she was just thinking clearer. She is also losing weight. BONUS! 🙂 She managed to make good choices even last week when someone other than herself was cooking. KUDOS my friend.
Another friend has an amazing smile, a gift of encouragement and a passion to share the love of Christ. Her problem is her weight. She second guesses what she can and cannot do. She sometimes has limited her choice of activities with kids (which she loves) due to her perception that she “couldn’t do it.” Guess what? She has decided that her short term gratification from sweets and large quantities of food is not worth the long term limitations. She knows she has a lot of life left to live. She too has found a plan and this time she is doing it with multiple accountability partners. One month in she is making great progress and best of all she smiles when she talks of what she is doing. Why? Because with God’s help she is preparing herself to be able to do whatever the Lord asks of her.
That’s what I want. I want to be healthy enough to do whatever the Lord asks of me. Can He use me (or you) just the way we are? Absolutely, but I know that when I tire too easily I choose to say no to things that could be a very good thing. I miss out. I sing with The Martins as I walk, “don’t want to miss a thing!” My husband and I have been purposefully eating smaller meals with protein 5 times a day for several months now. We both have lost some weight. Generally we both feel better.
Have you noticed cloudy thinking, more fatigue than you used to, or more discomfort with movement? Is there something you can do to help yourself feel better? Why don’t you post one healthy thing you will choose to do to improve your enjoyment of life. If you truly enjoy your life you will bring glory to God! Let’s glorify God together!