Thursday, August 26, 2010

You don't have to stay there

Perhaps you've had your blood pressure or sugar or cholesterol checked recently,  but do you monitor your emotional or spiritual health as closely as you would your cholesterol?  All those things are important but many people give little regard to their mental, emotional or spiritual health and what it takes to stay at their optimal best.  We tend to downplay this. 


Nobody is standing in line to watch your overall health.  You have to be your own advocate on this one.  Why do we so often think we HAVE to remain exposed to things that aren't spiritually or emotionally good for us?  Sometimes for our own health we have to position ourselves differently.  You can't control others, however you can control yourself, in fact it's one of the fruits of the spirit - self control.  You can decide exactly what YOU'RE going to do. 

You are the primary caretaker of your emotional health.  So, how's it going?   What have you decided to do?  How have you decided to re-position yourself for your next level or your desired breakthrough?

If you went to dinner and for some reason the person hosting it placed a dish of rancid food in front of you, you wouldn't eat it down just so you wouldn't hurt their feelings.  If a toxic unhealthy plate of food was sitting in front of you undoubtedly smelling, my guess is also that you probably wouldn't keep it sitting there.  However, when things are emotionally rancid we tend to put up with it.   We're sort of like the wife who is being verbally abused and instead of doing something we say, "well, it's not like he hits me or anything..."  Emotional rancidity is just as bad as physical.   Try applying the same things to your emotional health that you would or should apply to your physical health.  Control yourself and make a move in whatever direction you need to move to get to health.

Joyce Meyer says:  "new level/new devil".  Something God spoke into my life recently is that in going to new levels it requires such a focus and elimination of distractions.  A friend of mine had a great status on his facebook today:  "Know your emotional quota."   With every new level there might be a new devil but we don't have to give him rent free space, that's for sure.  And just a tip...if he doesn't move where you want him to, you get up and move.  You can do that, you know.

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