Have you ever gone through a period of time where it seemed that your good health habits were going to "hell in a hand basket" (as in rapidly deteriorating and on a course for disaster)?
I had just this experience last week and the contributing factors were that:
I wasn’t getting any exercise and I just didn’t care.
I was eating whatever unhealthy food item was in my line of sight and I just didn’t care.
I was short on sleep and I just didn’t care.
I was missing the sunshine and I just didn’t care.
When I was pretty much at the end of my rope, I had a phone conversation with my husband where I told him of my intention to go out and eat the most unhealthy, fattening, good-tasting food that I could get my hands on. And he responded with some very wise words:
“That is not a good idea and that is not who you are. This decision will not help you now and you will not feel good about it in the days to come. Get out your phone and find the nearest place where you can go get a healthy salad and go eat there instead.”
And so I did. And getting back on track with how I typically behave and what I typically value was very beneficial in helping me to decompress after a very difficult day.
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17)
Oh, how I needed someone to come alongside me and set my thinking straight. And my husband did just that.
He sharpened me by reminding me of who I am.
And that reminder helped me to regain some equilibrium by encouraging me to align my behavior with my beliefs and values, even while going through some stressful circumstances.
I think that I am not the only one who has a bit of an identity crisis during times of stress. I think we all sometimes make impulsive and unwise health-related decisions because we think those decisions will provide us with:
A quick, easy fix for our unpleasant circumstances and feelings
A deserved reward for our efforts
A source of pleasure in the midst of pain
A distraction from pain that we are powerless to alleviate
Who is the person in your life who sharpens you by reminding you of who you are, what you believe and what you value? Who is the person in your life who will love you enough to take the risk to speak the words that will help to set your thinking straight?
Have you ever given someone in your life permission to do this? I suggest you do. It really does help!
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About the author:
Hello! My name is Ginger Hill and I am a Christ follower and a wellness professional. Over the years, I have personally and professionally seen the benefits of healthy living and I have also seen the hardships of struggling to practice good health habits in the midst of a busy and sometimes stressful life. I am passionate about helping myself and others to live a healthy lifestyle and I believe that good health is essential in helping us to do the good works that God has called us to do. Because I am a work in progress, I write these blog posts to encourage myself and I share them with others in the hope that they may be encouraged as well.
Psalm 92:12,14 (NLT)
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