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Roadblocks to Health

Posted Jul 17 2011 2:56pm
“We must overcome the notion that we must be regular... it robs you of the chance to be extraordinary and leads you to the mediocre.” -Uta Hagen
Today in church we were talking about the things that keep us from God- the things that prevent us from achieving our full capacity for spiritual health, if you will. I’ve been thinking about it, and the things that prevent me from growing closer to God also prevent me from achieving optimal mental, emotional, and physical health as well. There is one issue in particular, but it is not the only issue that I struggle with. I’ve mentioned it in many of my other blog posts, but I think (maybe incorrectly, so clarify if I am wrong), many other individuals have the same struggle. I tend to put my reputation- what I want people to think about me and the way other’s perceive me- above becoming the person God has created me to be. I so strongly long for the approval of others that I seek to be the person they want me to be instead of who God yearns for me to become. I compare who I am with who everyone else is. I find a talent or gift that someone else has and I try to take it on myself. Then, if I can’t, I accuse myself of not being as good of a person as they are. Does any one else do this, too? I tend to prioritize what the world advocates to be necessary in order to obtain perfection that God’s ultimate perfection ceases to be of any importance. I so struggle with looking to what everyone- friends, media, social influences- deems as beautiful that I neglect God’s hopes for me to achieve the beauty He intends for me, a beauty that will have far more of an effect on this world that any amount of physical beauty could ever have. When I allow it to, this one struggle consumes my thoughts and dictates my actions so that I begin to value acceptance over integrity, pleasing others over pleasing God, fleeting feelings of satisfaction over true mental, spiritual, emotional and physical health. 
This is just one area we allow to block the pathway between us and God- between us and achieving the fullest, most healthful lives we can possibly live. Take a look at your life. What do you prioritize? What do you use to measure the fullness of your life? What is standing in your way of becoming the person God has created you to be? What prevents you from pursuing your passions and seeking to find your purpose in life? Whatever it is for you personally, if you aren’t able to overcome it, it will undoubtedly serve as one of the biggest hinderances to achieving optimal health in your life. It may not necessarily be a bad thing, but whenever we give undue importance to the ultimately unimportant we will fail to become who we were created to be.  
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