I guess, not……..ugh! No one likes to talk about disease. We just hope we won’t get one, right? However, as our bodies age, the odds are not in our favor unless we change them. Chances are we may come down with, particularly, a lifestyle disease.
So what’s that mean? Maybe you don’t want to know, but I’ll write the answer, anyway. We know that heart disease and type 11 diabetes are often called ‘lifestyle diseases’. And yes, we pretty much know that a person’s lifestyle brings on the ailment. But, it’s not going to happen to you or me, right? Just to those other people.
Afraid not. These diseases are prizes awarded for doing nothing at all, friend. Disgusting, isn’t it? In fact, it’s more than that, it is deadly. Let’s take type 11 diabetes, for instance. Type 11 diabetics often manufacture enough insulin, so you would think things wouldn’t deteriorate the way they do, wouldn’t you? BUT….the insulin uptake is blocked.
So all that sugar just bangs around in your body, ruining everything it comes in contact with. Like your arteries, your skin, your vision….your heart.
Oh, yes, your heart.
The heart is a muscle. What happens when a muscle is not used? It deteriorates.
Of course, your heart beats away every day, 24/7. But how often do you push your body, huff and puff a little and breath rapidly? Better be honest with yourself, here.
If the heart muscle is not forced to go beyond boredom/sitting in a chair all day, it atrophies, like those nice biceps you had at the age of 35…..now reduced to wings which flap but don’t get you off the ground.
That’s what I mean. Our bodies just might...might, look the same on the inside as they do on the outside. Not an appealing thought.
So, okay, Ms Blog Lady, are you blaming me for being sick then? For getting a disease?! As if I’m not miserable enough, thank you!
Let’s put it this way: How often, if at all, do you move around? Are you able to run at all? Do you have a sport such as hiking, walking, tennis, swimming, dancing….that you do regularly? Do you eat a proper diet?
If you are suffering from a lifestyle disease, chances are you don’t do any of these things, but you wish/hope/want to feel better. So, chances are, you could do something to change the situation, but you CHOOSE not to. You intellectually know all the facts I just put forth, and blah, blah…but you don’t do what they indicate.
Jesus said (Oh my….God!) I just mentioned something religious, which is very, very unpopular nowadays. I just committed a serious faux pas. You can overlook it, and hope it doesn’t happen again, or just turn the page. As you like.
But, to repeat, Jesus said people needed to change their hearts. Not their minds. Their Hearts. Because all the intellectual knowledge, either self-acquired or imposed with guilt by an itinerant blogger, will not result in any changes.
The question remains: Do you REALLY want to change things in your life? Because that’s what it boils down to, The Really Factor.
So how do I change my heart, and get real, about anything?
That’s a good question. I think we need to look into that.