Neither am I for that matter. Can’t believe it took me this long to fully figure it out. I mean I have known aspects of this for sometime now. Watching loved ones die of cancer, or develop dementia is all that it takes to drive the reality home. No one would choose to let their body or mind turn against them in that way.
Yet, I found that I had fallen for a subtle illusion of seizing complete control over my body. In following an ancestral health way of eating, (which has helped me greatly) I found myself swayed by some of its more zealous proponents claims: “If you just do A, B and C, (oh and D-Z as well) you will not suffer from cancer, allergies or even the flu; not only that but you will be your ideal body weight and free from any skin blemishes!”
Now don’t get me wrong, I am a huge believer in living a healthy lifestyle. What I came to realize, however, was that I was pursuing it in an attempt to bring back the Garden of Eden and in the process setting myself up for some major disappointment.
Dramatically cleaning up my family’s diet has greatly improved my asthma and allergies and my families overall health, but we still get sick from time to time. In fact as I write this my son Sammy and I are having a horrible day where allergies are concerned (side note, he asked me today to get the “itchies” out of his eyes and nose, it was pretty funny). And now I am finally realizing that to some degree, that is part of life.
Nutritious food and exercise just aren’t capable of reversing all of the physical consequences of sin. No matter how many new vacines, or anti-biotics are developed, disease will remain a fact of life. The possibility of perfect health in this world has been sadly lost.
Now, I am not saying that we should give up on our health altogether, or not to use the means at our disposal to improve it. Quite the contrary, I know that I need to seek to live a healthy lifestyle to be a good steward of the body I have been given.
What I am going to change, however, is my vainly pursuing physical health out of a desire to gain perfect control over my body; seen in that context, good health can easily become an idol.
While I won’t ever gain perfect control over my body, I do of course exercise control over it. Which brings me to face the scary reality: all that I am in control of is my will. It is how I exercise that control that will determine my destiny.
Have you ever experienced great health benefits from a certain plan of eating or exercise? Have they ever been a distraction for you? I would love to hear about it in the comments!
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