"A man's own folly ruins his life, yet his heart rages against the LORD." Proverbs 19:3
We have only 4 days left in our 31 Days of Wellness journey. My prayer, and hope, is that you have found these posts to be informative, challenging, and encouraging. All three in one. I am not sure I have achieved any of the three goals, but that is my intent. Many posts had me shouting, "OUCH" even as I typed. Trust me when I say this has been a way for me to confront my own unhealthy laundry.
In continuing with the theme of confrontation, I found myself settling on the verse in Proverbs a few days ago. As I read it I instantly thought, "I must use that for one of my posts." It is true, isn't it? We make poor decisions then get made at anyone within a three foot radius and at the One who created us when we have to face the consequences of our actions.
Overeating, lack of exercising, they have taken their toll. Yes, there is a psychology behind it and barriers we must break down. But how did we get there? Casting extreme circumstances aside, we chose it (and there's the overall them friends: choice). We chose to console our pain with food. We chose to believe lies that were spoken to us so we did not take care of ourselves. We looked in the mirror and did not find a person worthy of wellness. Lies lies lies. We chose to believe them, live by them, and are now enraged.
And you know what? Stress is horrible for the body, which means we are only kicking our already beaten up selves.
Stop. Breathe. Remind yourself that it did not take one day to fall into unhealthy habits, and it will take more than one day to retrain yourself. Remind yourself it is possible. Remind yourself you are worth it. Open up your Bible and read what God says of you, his beloved, his treasure. Take the rage you have for him, who "created you this way," and
Think about what you want, what your goals are. Let your actions fall in line with those goals. Think, act, repeat. And while you are at it, ask someone to keep you accountable to these things. A friend, a personal trainer, a nutritionist, someone, anyone, who will not allow you to feed on your excuses but who will journey with you down this road of wellness. Do not be a (wo)man ruined by his own folly.
(Also, join my friends who are taking part in this 31 Days by clicking on their buttons on my tool bar on the right.)