integrating spiritual wholeness with physical fitness
I’ve been taking Armour which first used in 1891, to treat my thyroid for several years. Because it is such an old drug, it has been more than affordable. Less than a year ago, I spent about $20 for a three month supply. Now, I’m paying the same amount for a one month supply. I felt so guilt after spending $60 on thyroid medication last month that I apologized to Hank for spending so much money on myself.
This is not the only medication to soar in price. According to the New York Times, the cost of Daraprim, a 62 year old medication, was raised from $13.50 a pill to $750.00 this week. The Times stated, Although some price increases have been cause
d by shortages, others have resulted from a business strategy of buying old neglected drugs and turning them into high-priced “specialty drugs.”
Ecclesiastes 9:11 tells us that time and chance happen to us all. Because we are human beings living in a fallen world, we run the risk of developing a non-preventable disease such as cancer. We could incur medical expenses due to an accident. There are things that happen that are totally out of our control. But what about the disease we can control?
In order to be good stewards of our health and finances, it behooves us to begin living a lifestyle that prevents diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. And if you have moved beyond prevention to treatment of these diseases, then it may be time to consider making the lifestyle changes that would reduce or eradicate your need for medication.
I can’t help but wondering if as a result of the lifestyle choices we make, are Christians investing more in the pharmaceutical industry than in the Kingdom of God? Is it possible that we are spending more money on medications for preventable diseases such as diabetes and heart disease than we are giving to those in need? And are we spending so much on the treatment of preventable diseases that we will be unable to leave our children, much less our grandchildren, an inheritance? (Ecclesiastes 9:11)
I want to be a good steward of all that God has given me. I want to take care of this body which is the temple of the Holy Spirit, I want to invest in the kingdom of God and give generously to those around me, and I really want to leave a substantial inheritance to my grandchildren. And I’m willing to do the necessary work to be able to do all three!
While there are many reasons to stay fit, I think that one of the best reasons is that I can play with LIberty. In her little mind, I am her personal play servant. Almost every day we would walk to the park and play on the slides. I am proud to say that I can keep up with this energizer bunny. Not only could I climb on the equipment, my rear-end fit on the slide!
When I’m with this little girl, I don’t have a care in the world. She accepts me as I am and wants nothing more than to be with me.
We play all day long. On one of our walks, she heard a neighbor’s wind chimes so we stood on the sidewalk and danced to the music. We play pretend with her little people and I make all the animal noises on the farm. We wrestle. We sing and dance. And we cuddle and read books.
Another benefit to being fit is that I was able to carry this precious sleeping child through the Columbus Zoo and out to the car. Almost 30 pounds of love with her arms wrapped around my neck and her head nestled close to my face wasn’t heavy – it was heavenly!
Our health and vitality isn’t for us alone. It’s about much more than how we look in a bathing suit or how we feel about ourselves when we are in a crowd of people. It’s more than the peace of mind that comes in knowing that we are preventing diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure. It’s a gift we give to our children and our children’s children.
A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous. Proverbs 13:22
At 9:51pm on August 29, 2013 Liberty Ann Daugherty made her appearance into the world and I entered into the grand land….
Within moments of her birth I became as hopelessly devoted to this littlest member of our family as I’ve been to Hannah.
As Hannah got some much needed rest and I sat and held Lil’ Miss Liberty this morning, I began to think about what the writer said in Proverbs 13:22:
A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children‘s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just. (KJV)
I want to leave Hannah and Liberty (and any precious babies that come along in the future) much more than land, houses, and livestock. I want to leave behind the generational blessing of being divinely aligned to the Father in spirit, soul, and body. I want to leave spiritual wholeness, a heart for God, divine health, fitness, and mental/emotional wellness.
God has shown me that this is more than a personal calling or a new ministry. Today He connected all the dots to show me that this divine revelation of alignment would become an inheritance for my girls…..
Tonight I want to encourage you to examine your lives to see what you kind of inheritance you’ll leave behind for your children’s children. Will you leave them an inheritance of being divinely aligned with their Heavenly Father in spirit, soul, and body or will you leave something else?
If this post gets you thinking about the inheritance you’ll leave behind please let me know by posting pictures of your children and your children’s children…..
Let’s talk about our kids….I’ve said things like I’d take a bullet for my kid, I’d die for my kid, my kid is my life. And now I’ve discovered that I’m willing to live for my kid!
By taking care of my body, I’m actually choosing to live for my kid and I’m investing in her future peace of mind.
I love my daughter more than words can ever express and I don’t want her to bear the burden of having to care for me when I’m old. I don’t want her to have to make difficult decisions about my health and well-being.
Choosing to eat well and exercise are the only things that I can physically do to ensure that I’ll be able to live on and take care of myself as I age.
And it’s my gift to Hannah.
I’ve watched illness and disease destroy more than one life…. I’ve watched countless adult children fall into the position of nurse and care-taker. I’ve seen adult children torn between taking care of their own children and caring for their parents.
I’ve also seen the toil that it’s taken on the finances. If you think you have to get sick to die then you must also realize that it’s the most expensive way to go. It takes more than your money, it steals your children’s inheritance.
I’m not going to do that. By taking care of myself I’ll be able to fulfill the scripture that instructs us to leave an inheritance to our children’s children. (Proverbs 13:22)
So, on those days when I feel guilty about taking care of myself that’s when I remind myself that I’m also taking care of that kid I love so much!