Bascially sick one time last year but 2016 has been the opposite. Should have taken some Hibernol!

So being sick a lot lately has me thinking. If we were to rank our physicality by priority; that is if we were to rank what matters most to us physically, it would usually be 1. appearance 2. performance; how far or fast you can run, how much you can lift, how high you can jump etc… 3. Mobility; getting rid of those aches and pains of the muscles, joints, and tendons. 4. Health; being healthy.


So here again is our usual priorities:

  1. Appearance
  2. Performance
  3. Mobility
  4. Health


It is pretty easy to become vain if appearance is number one. I also have seen plenty of gym rates or marathon runners that seem to be eating, lifting, and running themselves into the ground. Mobility is great; just ask someone that has lost function in a limb or back, they feel old real quick. I struggle with a mixed up hierarchy but there is such beauty and purity in the person that has their priorities truly straight. They are the few that look amazing and feel amazing while not being overly concerned about their appearance or latest feats of strength and endurance. I do feel all of these are important. I am just saying that as a society our pyramid is flipped and we might gain greater control of our appetites and passions and overall effectiveness if we prioritize it like the following:


  1. Health
  2. Mobility
  3. Performance
  4. Appearance

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  • Anne

    I did not realize that you were gifting people again with your messages. I have quickly looked through them and just want to share something. You have mentioned the difficulty of eating well and staying healthy. Please don’t feel badly about that. It is a constant challenge for anyone raising children. Most especially devoted, hands on, loving people. You have a lot of needs to meet and you feel the desire to meet the needs of your children. After all, this growing time is a time for them to be nurtured and a time to be given the physical and emotional fullfillment that they need. Every mom or dad who is so involved with taking on the task of raising godly people will have this challenge. Be kind to your self and use baby steps to meet your own needs. There is a great deal of energy being given by you for your children. God bless your for that! In this world, so many look to their own needs before their children’s. With all of this said, please do not give up on your own health. Take it in baby steps and never give up no matter how many times you fall off the horse. I can’t say this enough: If you take baby steps (like reaching for water instead of juice, pop or milk), you will be blessed. It is no small thing, even if I call it baby steps. Each time you make a good choice for yourself, you are making a good choice for your children and, mainly, the Lord. He knows your every struggle, down to every detail. It is ok, if you fall off the horse in trying to balance all these needs. Your needs are intricately entwined with your children’s needs. God bless you. Don’t give up.

  • No matter what order the list is in, it is a challenge to be healthy, that is for sure! Our bodies can be so fragile sometimes. It is worth the effort to take care of the body though, for all of the reasons you listed. For me, when my body feels good, it is easier for my spirit to feel good too. I feel a greater sense of pressure now to better care for and preserve my physical health, since it is up to me to take care of my kiddos on my own. I know I cannot control when I am sick or healthy, but when I am well I do try and do things that will help me feel good for the most part. I wish I could just sit around and do nothing and be a magnificent healthy creature, but that just doesn’t work well in my case. I have to put forth a great effort — as most people do — and I am ok with that. I would say the most important thing that counts towards physical beauty and healthy appearance is actually not physical at all, but deeply spiritual. The most glamorously fit woman/man can be unattractive, if the inner vessel is cold and hard. But someone who glows with the light of Christ can portray a sense of healthy beauty that shines through any physical imperfections, and it can make such a person beautiful, and breathtaking to behold. At least that has been my experience, and my opinion. 🙂 I enjoyed your thoughts. I hope you get to feeling better, being sick is lame. That video made me giggle.

  • Perhaps the first list describes our priorities when we are young and the second list reflects the desires of an older but wiser us.