Proverbs 3:7-8 - Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.
You feel a cold coming on, but you keep pushing yourself at work. But the longer you push, the more sick you become. Pretty soon you find yourself with a fever and bronchitis has set in.
Now you have to spend several days in bed where if you had taken care of yourself you may have gotten away with only losing a day.
You’ve just undergone an out-patient procedure on your arm. The doctor told you that you would need to rest your arm and not lift it above your heart level. You’re provided with a sling, also, and they send you home with your promise to do exactly as the doctor advised.
But no sooner do you walk in your door at home you take off the sling and continue business as usual even though you’re in a great deal of pain. Now, instead of your surgery healing, you find the arm throbbing and not able to do normal activities; whereas, if you’d used your sling your arm may have had the chance to heal properly.
And lastly, the worst of all – You find a lump and decide to just ignore it instead of having it checked out. Finally you do go in only to have tests confirm what you now fear. You have cancer and it’s spread because it didn’t receive treatment sooner and now you may find your life in danger.
These are just a few examples of how we can sabotage our health. Our bodies talk to us every day. Sometimes it speaks in whispers, but other times it shouts at us from behind a locked door in your mind. You must unlock the door, because our healing needs to be addressed. Otherwise, we may find ourselves unable to walk out the door when we want to.
Whywesuffer.com lists some other ways that we sabotage our health in the article, “8 Ways We Sabotage Physical Health,” such as using a disease to connect with others and as a way to be a victim of neglectful people.
Whether we know it or not, we may be the ones are ruining our own efforts at finding wellness. Just as the Bible verse above says, sometimes we try to figure out what brings good health by our own methods instead of asking God to show us what to do. When we do this, it can bring health to your body instead of our efforts being sabotaged.
Deuteronomy 30:15 - See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction.
So here you are again. You gained weight. You’ve worked so hard on your diet so why did you gain weight? Is it because you cheated from time to time and ate that candy? Or, can it be that you’re starting to receive complements and you start down a self-destructive road because you don’t know how to handle them. You might not even be aware of how you destroy your chances of a level, healthy eating plan.
Or what about this one? You’ve have a really good exercise regime. You workout after work or you workout at home with a video exercise program. You’ve started to increase your energy level. Your muscles are tightening up. You feel good about yourself. Then, you hit a rocky patch. Your body aches from all of the exercise so you decide to take a day off. It wouldn’t hurt to take just one day, right?
But then you get busy at work and get home too late to go to the gym. You look at the exercise video on your TV, but decide you’re too tired to do it. One-by-one you see yourself skipping exercise days. Then, you stop all together. And you might not be aware of it, but you’ve wandered into another self-destructive pattern.
The article, “12 Signs of Self-Destructive People,” onlifehack.org lists some signs of self-destructive people, such as they refuse to accept health and have a self-defeating mindset.
In all that we do, we have a choice as the Bible verse says above. We can choose to destroy our lives or choose life and find ways to enjoy life and find fulfillment.
Along that line, now that you know the signs of self-destructive behaviors select the link below and learn how to stop those behaviors.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.