Friday, October 12, 2012
After reading through Philippians Chapter 3 verses 12 through 21 and also Chapter 4 verse 1, I am convinced of 3 things:
1. Everyone is called to be mentors - regardless of how old or young you are, there is always someone who will look up to you. So be the kind of person worth following!
2. Being out of balance leads to failure - whether it's a Godly relationship, the things you spend your money on, what you watch on tv, or the foods you choose to eat - if you can't set limits for yourself while making an effort to slow down to enjoy the moment, all you are doing is hurting yourself. I see this most prevalently with people who have the money to eat well and have the resources to stay fit, yet lack the restraint to stick to a diet or get enough sleep because they are too busy partying and having fun. While it's nice to take some time out to yourself to recharge, doing that ALL the time puts the focus on YOU 24/7, making everyone and everything else an afterthought.
3. We all have goals while living this temporary life - the earth is not our home, but it doesn't mean we have to sit still and wait for the rapture! And anyone who thinks heaven is a boring place doesn't understand that there WILL be work there, but the kind that focuses on being of service to others and glorifying the Lord. That is why it's so important to follow-through with the tasks we are given in this lifetime, to continue building our characters and work ethic. The way we value people determines our relationship with Christ, and how we live for the Lord paves our outlook about heaven. At the end of our lifetimes, we either have fear or peace in thinking of the "unknown" in death. But if it is something you have prepared for your entire life, then you learn to just see it as another transition, and not that you missed out on not doing enough for others and the world at large.
I am reminded each day that by taking care of my body, I am not only setting an example for my family and people I come in contact with to do the same, but I am fueling it with what I need to be of service to others. As I become healthier, I can convey healthy thoughts to others - not talking about food, fitness, or spirituality necessarily, but just in making sure that schedules are never overbooked, people are listened to when they're stressed with the drama in their lives, and little annoyances are forgiven. Those things are HUGE in helping others overcome the mosters that often keep anyone from being a healthier person. I know, because I've been in that position. But since I am trying to mind myself, I have more time and an interest in helping other people achieve balance. I wasn't able to before because I didn't fully grasp what it was I needed to do to be happier. I was so confused when I had been told for so many years that all I needed was Jesus and everything else would work out! In truth, it took more than that to get me to where I am today - it took shifting the focus off of ME, making GOALS, and finding ways to help OTHERS, that worked hand-in-hand WITH my faith so that I was able to garner the inner strength to tackle each thing that has come my way. So now, I have a more rounded faith, a diversified life (that I can keep up with and have time to spare!), and a healthier lifestyle. My only lament is that I wish I would have learned all of this sooner!