Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Be Well Again

Are you a damaged human being?  What are your ailments?  Constant headaches, low energy, aches, pains, tense muscles, or are you nervous with cold and sweaty palms?  Are you walking around with clenched jaws?  Do you grind your teeth?  Are you suffering from heart palpitations, anxiety attacks, ulcers, and having violent outbursts of anger?  Do you have a mental health problem, eating disorders, or, are you losing weight?  Then, you may be worn out by the demands of the world.

You may have a lack of appetite, hooked on alcohol, drugs, or cigarettes.  Maybe, you are pacing the floor, fidgeting at home and work.  But, you can’t seem to settle down.  Because of your behavior, you are unable to marshal your thoughts and focus at work.  You may be afflicted with chronic diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, chronic renal failure, or, congested heart failure.  These may well be signs that you are burnout, bored, emotionally spent, and unappreciated. 

Other symptoms showing that you are worn out are when you aren’t sleeping well at night, have no sexual desire, and have fears going to work.  These afflictions may well be because of the rat race you are caught up in.  Constantly popping pills, and suffering from infections you’re unable to keep away from the doctors because of stress.

Do you have a competitive spirit?  That’s what the world taught you from childhood.  “Be the best you can.  The sky is the limit.”  That was how you were coerced in joining the bandwagon of competitors.  Now you’re in overdrive, working 16 hours per day, hooked on technological devices, and you can’t find time to read a book. Being overweight, and having bad eating habits, physical activities aren’t a part of your daily routine.  You fail to take the warning from a quotation anthologist Terri Guillemets (b. 1973), who said, “If your teeth are clenched and your fists are clenched, your lifespan is probably clenched.”  Now, you are paying the price.

Bringing About Change

A British philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872–1970) observed, “One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.”  You’ve always felt this way.  Yet, you didn’t realize there was a price to pay with keeping up with the Joneses.  Your life is in disarray.  It’s time for you to slow down and smell the roses.

The first step is seeing your doctor for treatment.  Take your medications as prescribed, and follow his instructions.  Maybe, you should have counseling, but remember not to keep God out of the picture.  Pray.  God will provide for your every need.  Then, you’ll find knowing our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ brings peace, love, joy, and hope.  It isn’t that you will no longer have problems, but with this spiritual grounding he’ll help you from having bad experiences.

It isn’t that you won’t become ill, but through the Lord’s grace you’ll put sickness in its proper perspective.  Christians suffer.   Some saints suffer willingly for redemptive purposes.  But some have prayed for healing and were healed.  It’s important in your Christian walk to bring all things, good and bad before the Lord.  Then, your life will be blessed, for we were never meant to be competitive.  In the Lord’s eyes all gifts are equal.  There are numerous talents in Christ’s body.  An eye can’t say to a foot, “I’m more important than you.”  We’re all talented in our own ways.  So heed this advice for your well-being.               

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