THERE’S A THIN LINE BETWEEN GOOD HEALTH AND NARCISSISM…

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There’s thin line between narcissism and good health…between being healthy and vanity.

Between discipline and self worship…

Between keeping your temple healthy for God and provoking others to lust or envy…

Between putting in hard work and eating right and being lazy by wanting a ‘magic’ pill to do all the work.

There’s nothing wrong with exercise and eating right in an effort to be healthy and even look good, but we must be honest with ourselves about our motives.

What are you thinking about while you’re running…lifting weights…at the gym…taking that ‘weight loss’ pill? Are your thinking about how HEALTHY you will be or how SEXY you will be?

Do we put as much effort into making sure our spirit looks good to God as we put into making sure our bodies looks good in our clothes (or out of them)?

Yes, there’s a thin line between narcissism and good health.

Here’s Proof!

Think about the commercials and ads that you see and hear…

Companies spend millions of dollars on research to gain insights advertise on what’s important to consumers. What drives people? What provokes them to make a buying decision.

How many gyms, spas, fitness centers, diet plans, diet pills etc. do you hear advertising about BEING HEALTHY?


Most of the time their pitch is…

Look good!

Be sexy!

Look younger!

Sexy abs.

Sexy bun.

Sculpted arms.


You rarely if ever hear or see ads that say…

Get your blood pressure under control!

Reduce your cholesterol!

Surprise your doctor!

How about this one? How many times have you heard them simply say…

“Feel better!”

Most of the time they are trying to appeal to our sense of vanity.

God wants us to be healthy, as well as look healthy, but we must be very careful that we don’t let our society’s obsession with youth, looking good and being sexy pervert our motives.

We can’t let our workout routines and habits turn into our personal rituals of worshipping ourselves.

Remember what the bible says…

1 Timothy 4:8 (NKJV)

 For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

 

 

YOUR MOST PEACEFUL PLACE IS PORTABLE..

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Do you have a place where you feel more at peace? Your home? Your room? The beach? Fishing on the lake? Your church? The gym?

Somedays, if you can just get to your ‘peaceful place’, you’ll be okay. But, unfortunately we don’t always have access to our sanctuary when we need it…

That’s why God gave us the priceless benefit of access to Him through prayer.

I think one of the reasons that God allows trouble is to encourage us to come to Him…

Psalm 50:15 (NKJV)

15 Call upon Me in the day of trouble;

I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.”

When we praye, we’re supposed to shut out the world and focus on an intimate conversation with our Heavenly Father(Matthew 6:6).

When we learn to to this, there is an unspeakable peace that comes from that conversation.

We discover that in His presence there truly is the fullness of joy…

Psalm 16:11 (NKJV)

11 You will show me the path of life;

In Your presence is fullness of joy;

At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore

In His presence is the fullness of joy.

The awesome thing is you can pray anywhere, anytime…

Working at your desk…

While driving with your eyes open…

In the middle of a meeting…

While getting a speeding ticket…

You don’t have to get on your knees. You don’t have to talk out loud. You just have to reach out to God. It doesn’t have to be a deep conversation full of complicated theological terms…just a sincere conversation. Even a simple, “Lord have mercy on me” can speak peace into your chaotic day.

Think about all of the unhealthy ways some people  ‘escape’ reality…

Drugs…

Alcohol…

Sex…

Food…

Shopping…

The beautiful thing about prayer is that it is the only ‘escape’ from reality that can either…

Solve your problems…

Give you the strength to deal with your problems…

Or, give you peace in your problems…

So no matter where you are…at work, in a stressful meeting, school, running errands, stuck in traffic – it doesn’t matter…

You always have access to your ‘peaceful place’.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

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