Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. 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. Proverbs 3:5-8 (NIV)
I would like to live a healthy life. I would like to be a whole person. What’s the alternative? I know what living an unhealthy life looks like. I know what it means to be a broken person. How so? In the past, I lived an unhealthy life that caused me to be a broken person. That’s not good. No, it’s not.
What led you to live an unhealthy and broken life? That is a good question with a surprising answer. What’s that? I led myself to live such a life. I trusted in myself. I relied on my own understanding. I was self-reliant, self-centered and self-indulgent. I went where I wanted to go. I did what I wanted to do. I bounced around from one meaningless endeavor to another. You might say, I walked a crooked path that wasted all my time and consumed all my energy. My life was filled with pain and suffering and brokenness. One thing became very clear to me. What’s that? I had no purpose or meaning or direction to my life. My life was without hope and joy. My unhealthy life wore me ought. I was tired to the bone. That’s not good. No, it’s not.
What changed? How have you traded in your old unhealthy life for one that is healthy and vibrant, and hope filled? I stopped trusting in myself. I quit relying on my own understanding. I began to admit the obvious. Which was? I don’t know it all. I need wisdom. I need understanding. I need direction. Obviously, I need you. I was not made to live my life apart from you. Nothing about my life works without you being my Savior and Lord. Only you can lead me on a straight path. Only you can give me wisdom. So, I turned my life over to you. I began to acknowledge you. I began to desire to live according to you will. I wanted to walk in your ways. What else? I began to have a healthy fear of you that helped me to shun evil. I wanted to live a life that was pleasing to you. I want to love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength because you first loved me. You gave yourself to me. Now, I am giving myself to you. Now, I am living the healthy life that you have given me to live. That is very good. I know.
Lord, I will trust in you with all my heart. I will not rely on my own understanding. Instead I will acknowledge you in all my ways. Make my path straight as I humbly follow you. I will fear you and shun evil, so I can live the healthy life you have for me to live. Amen
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