“See, I have set before the this day life and good, and death and evil.” Deut. 30:15
Today’s Christian Daily Devotional
I was a swimwear model for many years. During that time, I did whatever I needed to do to make sure I fit into the most unforgiving of clothes—bikinis. The staples of my diet consisted of celery sticks and sugar-free Red Bull.
My husband, who carries a degree in nutrition and exercise physiology, pleaded with me to take better care of myself.
I was young at the time, and felt no instant effect from the cruelty I was inflicting on my nutrient deficient body. I did not really care if I would have regrets when I grew older…I was not older yet! This was my ignorant reasoning. I lived as if tomorrow would never come.
At thirty-three years old, “tomorrow” swiftly made it’s presence known. I started to loose my hair. For a woman who made a living from her appearance, this was devastating. I also began to suffer from constant migraines and had little energy to do the most basic of tasks. After a trip the doctor—I was shocked to find out that I had osteoporosis, a slow thyroid and burned out adrenal glands. My husband was not surprised.
For the rest of my life I have made the commitment to taking excellent care of my health. My years of reckless behavior will never be forgotten as I am reminded daily of it.
Sometimes, (usually after I watch a red carpet event) I still find myself in an inner battle—My mind is pulled into going back to my habit of celery sticks. I can feel the pressure from the images in my InStyle magazine. It is as if they are beckoning me to ditch my Greek yogurt and weight barring exercise. I want to fit into my skinny jeans just as much as the next gal.
Wisdom is choosing what is good for the long haul—not just doing what feels good for the moment. Today, I am taking the advise of Deut. 30:15. Today, I choose life.
“Dear Heavenly Father,
I have so many regrets. There are many paths that I have taken that only lead to dark places. When I turn to the light of your word, I am illuminated with wisdom and health. I am so happy to be on the road to good things. Lord, can you help me to continue on my commitment? I do not want to live with any more regrets. I have developed so many unhealthy habits. It is really going to take some discipline to choose the path of wisdom. Wisdom is not a natural choice for me. I am asking for your help, and I am making the promise to do everything in my power to obey the promptings of wisdom that you move my heart to do. In Jesus’ precious name, empower me, Lord. Amen.”
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Author: Julia Shalom Jordan