About six years ago I quit smoking. I had smoked since high school, besides taking breaks during pregnancies and a few attempts to quit. The seed was planted about seven years ago when I took my first “Step Study” with Celebrate Recovery. I wanted so badly for some big epiphany or big change to happen to me during that study. I didn’t quit smoking right away during the 6 month program but I did start peeling away layers of my onion. And one of the main verses in Celebrate Recovery is Romans 12:1. When we would read the Twelve Steps and their Biblical comparisons every other week, step three and its verse, Rom. 12:1 would stand out to me.
Step 3: We made a decision to turn our lives and our wills over to the care of God.
“Therefore, I urge you brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God- this is your spiritual act of worship.” Rom. 12:1
I felt convicted that my body wasn’t holy or pleasing to God as long as I smoked and drank, but the drinking didn’t change until a year later. And that I will save all that for another post. My point is that I started seeing myself as someone special and worth something to someone….to God. And I started loving myself a little. I decided that if I were going to be striving to be holy and pleasing, then the stench of cigarette smell had to go.
Today, I am learning more on how to love myself and live a life of wellness which is not just physical but emotional, mental and spiritual. To me that is part of the meaning of loving myself enough to take care of myself.
My 8 Great Reasons to Get of the Couch:
- “to be holy and pleasing to God…” Rom. 12:1
- Feel physically energetic, emotionally joyful, mentally charged, and spiritually peaceful.
- My Physical health depends on it. Sedentary is bad for my bones and muscles.
- My emotional health depends on it. I can easily find myself bored, isolated, depressed, and discontent without movement.
- My mental health depends on it. I see clearer when I move. Clarity comes with a good clean diet and movement.
- My spiritual health depends on it. I don’t feel lazy and idle when I am “off the couch”. But I feel I am a good steward of my time on this earth.
- I teach about wellness and I want to practice what I teach. I want to live a testimony before I test to others.
- I want to feel good for and to my husband is all four areas; physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.