One of the most amazing things about God’s creation of the human body is its function, and its reliance on multiple facets and organisms to operate correctly. This way of being is by no means uncommon to anyone living here on the planet earth, simply because, it has always existed from the beginning of time; in other words, it was God’s own original design for the world summed up in one word “Co-dependency”! This may sound weird, but I want you to take a few minutes, and ponder with me the structure of the world and how things came into existence, and how they survive for any given amount of time, then you’ll understand my theory. Nature for example like the sun, moon, stars, plants, trees, water, air, etc. all have individual functions, but co-exist and have a common and continual dependency on the other in order to survive or enhance its very existence on earth.
The implementation of any source of technology or inventions has a co-dependency on mankind for the invention itself, and for the overall maintenance and upgrades, as well as the applicable elements of nature. Animals and humans were both designed to enter the earth and co-exist in a very similar fashion, but the difference between the human being and the animal is the threefold entity function of the “Body, Mind, and Spirit” which is what I want to talk about.
In my previous article, The Reason I Went Back to Eden, I shared with you my diagnosis of type II diabetes, and my choice to take total responsibility for my illness, which entailed my conquering it through proper diet and exercise, but what I didn’t share with you is the mindset it takes to accomplish and maintain my goal. It entails the proper utilization of the body, mind and spirit. In fact, I’d like to place them in order according to rank and / or authority if you will: Spirit, Mind, and Body, which is the temple that physically manifests our state of being.
Shortly after my diagnoses, I met with a diabetic nutritionist, who taught me to properly calculate total carbohydrates consumed during a given meal, which is the key to successfully maintaining blood sugar levels. I also joined a gym and had a personal trainer. It seemed I had acquired all the things I needed to become successful in my quest to conquer my illness. The holidays, were right around the corner beginning with my birthday and then Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. I wasn’t worried because I had learned the art of eating properly and I was well under control Spirit, Mind, and Body.
Proof of this was recorded during my visit with my physician, who congratulated me on my weight loss of 15 pounds and controlled blood sugar levels, which were within range for a person who doesn’t have diabetes (6.0 or less). I was both happy and encouraged. However, some time shortly after my visit with my physician, I began to slip. I began to play with fire and to alter my diet in such a way that I was maintaining my blood sugar levels, however; I was eating foods that caused me to regain 5 of the pounds I lost and an unmeasured amount of inches, especially in my mid-section and legs. I began to feel sluggish in the middle of the day and even irritable. These were ways that I didn’t feel when I altered my diet with baked or broiled meats and increased vegetables, plenty of water, exercise and rest.
Because of my unemployment status, my finances were altered, and I could no longer afford a gym membership or a personal trainer. I wasn’t disciplined enough to do exercises in my home on my own. I realized that I had not totally slipped in my dieting since my daily testing of my blood levels reported my being in range, but I knew there was a negative difference in the way I felt in my body.
As I sat on the side of my bed, I realized that I left “Eden”, God’s perfect place of provision, peace and tranquility; the very place that I needed to be during my season of despair. Needless to say that I ran back to “Eden” and sat under the first tree I could find. As I lay down under the shadow of the Almighty, I sought guidance from the Holy Spirit to undergird me with His love and direction, and by my permission let His will superimpose over my own so that He is leading my Mind and drawing my thoughts into captivity so that they line up with His. I needed to be transformed by the renewing of my mind so that my circumstances does not rule or alter in any way God’s original plan for me. I needed to put on the whole armor of God, even from the stance of the “Spirit of Fitness”, so that my Body will line up with Gods plan for me so that the fact that I am no longer able to attend a gym or have a personal trainer will not impede my mental ability to exercise and maintain good health.
I asked God to help me to crave only the foods and exercises that will prove beneficial for me and will work out for my good as I pursue this lifestyle as a permanent one.
When I think about my life and what God has in store for me, I can’t help but think about his design and the pattern that I must follow allowing Him to lead me “Spirit, Mind and Body” for these three work together as one, and whenever I get off track in any way shape or form, I’ll go “Back to Eden” to recall the path that I must go.
Article contribution by: Katrina A. McClain a Life Coach and Mentor with a Master’s of Science in Organizational Leadership. Kat has an extensive background in Human Resources and Medical Administration. She is a transformational leader within the urban community where she devotes a great deal of time coaching men, women and children to become their personal best.