Project YOU: Love thyself
************Jesus Christ commands you to be healthy*************
Mental Health, 3 John 1:2, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”
Mental health is roughly defined as a person's overall emotional and psychological condition. When you are too stressed out by your environment (family, work, school, and factors outside your control can destroy your mental health; thereby causing anxiety, physiological issues, depression, and other mental health issues. God warned us against worrying in Isaiah 26:3, “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.” Jesus, the son of God, also spoke against worrying, Matthew 6:27,34“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?…Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
I think it is wise to identify the things or circumstances that are in your life that will or is currently causing you stress. Identify it and wisely seek counsel on how you can resolve the issue in the best way possible or receive counsel to how you can better handle the situation or interact with the individual. Also remember to pray. (1 Peter 5:7)
Financial/physical Health, Proverbs 6:6-8 “Go to the ant, sluggard; consider her ways and be wise; who having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provides her food in the summer and gathers her food in the harvest”
In America it is more important to appear to have wealth than to actually have it. People who were millionaires, six figure earners, and other high income individuals are loosing their homes and are deep in debt due to mismanagement of their money. Many Americans live paycheck to paycheck because of the amount of debt: student loans, expenses (house, cars, socializing, shopping) that they incur monthly. <Article:http://www.bankrate.com/brm/news/retirement/oct_07_retirement_poll_results_a1.asp> On top of that if you loose your job you may no longer have health care coverage. Fortunately for many of the visitors to this blog who are from Canada, Europe, and other regions of the world, health care debt is not an issue for you.
My point is, live within your means, do not be ASHAMED to live within your means. As it is written a proud look goes before a fall, Proverbs 16:18. Decrease your debts, when you are financially able start to save, and plan for your future. If you are an American citizen without Health insurance, I truly believe even if you are in good health now that you should not be without some form of health coverage. In this great country of the United States of America, there are so many ways to receive health assistance, Medicaid, Medicare, and other free government clinics (immunizations, and etc). Whatever country you may be from make certain that you are regularly maintaining and tracking the health of your body, so that you may catch any ailments in its early stages. Prevention is better than cure.
Social Health, Proverbs 13:20, “He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.”
There are numerous scriptures that God provided to us that warn us about the group of people we associate with. God tells us to seek righteous and wise company. God warned us to stay away from Frenemies. Frenemy is roughly defined as an enemy that pretends to be your friend. I believe it is a blessing to encounter someone who you have believed to be your “friend” who lied or gossiped about you. Since you can then label them as a frenemy and remove them from your circle of influence and trust. Scriptures concerning Frenemies:
Proverbs 10:18, “He who conceals his hatred has lying lips, and whoever spreads slander is a fool.”
Proverbs 20:19, “A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much.”
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
Project YOU: Love Thyself, Started for me in 2007, It was an interesting journey because I realized that I had so much to work on and of course I am still learning, growing, repositioning myself, and changing my character. However over the past three years, I identified the right career direction, healthy friendships, unhealthy friendships, proper mentors, focused on my financial health, and etc. I have not “arrived” but I am in a much better position than where I was three years ago. I am learning what my weak areas are and the areas I needed to strengthen myself. I have also identified a passion in my life, and I started to develop a vision for my future. I hope that I have encouraged you to do the same.
How can you love another if you do not love yourself first?