A few weeks ago my mother went in for a heart catheritization, at the recommendation of her family doctor. The catheritization was on a Monday. The doctor scheduled her open heart surgery for that same Friday. Three and a half hours of surgery, and four bypasses later, my mother has been given a fresh, new, set of pipes – literally!
Now in her second week of recovery, my mom struggles to do simple, every day, tasks like dressing, walking, and getting up from a chair. Even eating has not been as enjoyable as it once was for her. She get’s frustrated and down, but overall she is doing well.
Seeing her in the ICU, helpless and hooked up to what seemed like fifty different tubes and wires, made me look at myself – my lifestyle – particularly when it comes to what I eat and how often I exercise. I eat healthy enough, and workout some, but there is plenty of room for improvement.
I also thought about what I’m feeding my family.
We all love to eat good food, but what we eat is not always good for us. The same is true for other areas of our lives as well. I try to monitor our media intake at home, but truth be told – I’m not always as diligent as I should be.
There is room for improvement there, too.
What about you, dear friend?
The Bible says, “Above all else guard your heart for everything you do flows from it” (Prov. 4:23 NIV). This has been a verse that I’ve told my kids over and over again through the years. Be careful about what you let in your life, because what goes in will influence what comes out. It’s the verse that has caused me to carefully consider what I watch and what I listen to, for years.
God knows that what we allow into our lives will ultimately have an impact on us – good or bad. This is true both physically and spiritually. There are 120 verses in the Bible that speak to guarding your heart and living a pure and healthy life; 48 verses that specifically speak to the importance of guarding your heart, 37 about living a pure life, and 34 about eating healthy. I am sure there are many more variations I could add to that list, but you get the idea.
The bottom line is – our daily choices matter.
As I’ve been watching my mother this week, helping her recover from major surgery, I’ve thought even more about my own daily choices – physically and spiritually. This is what I’ve come up with so far…
I need to lay off the hamburgers and french fries, no matter how yummy they are!
I need to drink more water…and less coffee (much less :))
Most of all, I need to tune into this old, broken, world a whole lot less and live in God’s Word so much more.
If you were to make a list, what would yours look like? Are there some positive changes you need to make in your life today? Dear friend, I pray today God will give us both the wisdom and strength to guard our hearts – both physically and spiritually, so that we can hopefully live long, happy, and healthy lives.
In His Love,