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Why Live A Healthy Lifestyle?
Let’s be real; living a good, healthy lifestyle takes a lot of hard work for a long time. Then that lifestyle kicks into habit. When it becomes habit, you still must choose consciously, but the degree of difficulty minimizes over time, as it becomes second nature. The personal rewards for living a healthy lifestyle are so incredibly enjoyable and essential to a wonderful life that it’s worth the hard work it requires. First Corinthians 9:24-27 describes what it takes when it comes to experiencing the rich rewards received by living a truly healthy lifestyle:
“You’ve all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You’re after one that’s gold eternally. I don’t know about you, but I’m running hard for the finish line. I’m giving it everything I’ve got. No sloppy living for me! I’m staying alert and in top condition. I’m not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else about it and then missing out myself.” (MSG)
I hear the words “healthy lifestyle” tossed around a lot. They can mean something different to everyone. So, for the sake of clarity, let’s use these characteristics for our definition:
The Ideal, Healthy Lifestyle:
- Living a life grounded in Christ
- Growing emotionally mature in Christ and The Word
- Living in fellowship with family and friends who love and trust you and whom you love and trust
- Practicing Christian yoga at least six days during the week
- Eating mostly fresh, raw, organic, vegan foods
- Living (or seriously working on being) at your ideal weight; strong and toned, regardless of your age
- Cultivating awesome, real, enjoyable relationships
- Glowing and shining for God to those around you
- Feeling alive
- Looking at life and trials with a positive, God-focused approach
- Enjoying your work immensely
- Working toward financial security
- Taking time to relax and pray each day
To me, a truly healthy lifestyle is about living a life where mind, body, soul and health unify to produce a peaceful, thrilling life of love, richness and deep fulfillment…a life led by heartfelt focus, obedience and a desire to shine our best for God and give Him the glory. Sounds yummy, doesn’t it?
The thing is… it’s hard to live this way. At first, it’s very hard and it never really gets easy, but living a healthy lifestyle is the best goal in the world, in my humble opinion. Being happy in your own skin, experiencing vibrant health and living for God according to His Word is the happiest life anyone can live. That’s why we should live a healthy lifestyle.
One of my favorite yoga teachers, Sentra Brown, said, “If it’s not hard, why are you doing it?” I learned a lot from her. Work on something hard, make the shift and enjoy your life. It takes all you’ve got. Are you willing to give it? That’s the real question. Because there is no question about this…you have what it takes to be vibrantly healthy if you’re willing to work hard at it.
Beginning to live a healthy lifestyle all begins in the battlefield of our mind. Start by filling your mind with the information and inspiration you’ll need to change your lifestyle. Our website is a good place to find good information. If you haven’t read my first Healthy Living article(s), I invite you to do so here on the website, under the “Healthy Living” section. I also strongly recommend that you purchase and repeatedly listen to Joyce Meyer’s Battlefield of the Mind CD and/or DVD set. It will help you make “the shift” in your mind toward living a healthy lifestyle.
So, does a healthy lifestyle mean that many, if not all, of your pleasures: favorite things to think, say, eat and drink will have to go by the wayside forever? No. But it does mean you have to do what Scripture says and “go into strict training” after you have reached your goals, then moderation is good. Moderation is an important principle of living a healthy life. Are you ready to go into strict training and sacrifice your unhealthy habits until you reach your goals and finally make “the shift” to the new you, God wants you to be? It’s entirely up to you. No more excuses. The former is gone. The new is approaching. Each day is a new day.
If you want it, you can have it. It’s up to each one of us. I’m with you all on this. Let’s pray for each other and get better and better each day, by staying close to the definition of healthy living I’ve described. It’s not easy, but we’ve got what it takes. Let’s do it for Him! Shine brightly on this earth, my brothers and sisters!
Peace, Love, Joy -DeAnna