Since I am now almost forty- five years older than when I got married, I am interested in learning about what I can do to improve my physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. I now tell people, when it is my time to die, I want to die healthy rather than weak and sickly. The more I look into the topic of what it means to be healthy, the more encouraged I am there really are things we can do to improve the quality of our life even as we get older. At the same time I am growing increasingly aware of the fact many people either do not have the desire or commitment to take the necessary action to make a difference, or do not believe there is anything they can do about their circumstances and health issues.
In the fifth chapter of the Gospel of John in the New Testament the writer tells about Jesus meeting a man who had been paralysed for thirty-eight years. In the sixth verse of that chapter Jesus asked this man a question, “Do you want to get well?” What an interesting inquiry of a man who lived with health issues for almost four decades. The man’s response was not an overwhelming yes, but rather he gave a list of excuses why he could not be healed. He, like many people today can tell you exactly why they cannot do . . . . Excuses abound and the reality is, they are right, because they truly believe they cannot. Their minds have shut down to any possibilities causing them to believe they must simply accept what is, leaving them with little or no hope.
What I would like you to understand is, your attitudes, your thoughts, your beliefs in what is possible in your life play an important role in the outcomes of your life. If you believe you can’t do anything about your situation, or your health (physical, mental, emotional or spiritual), you will not attempt to change your situation and you will be right. If you believe Jesus will not or cannot do anything about what you are dealing with in your life right now, you have created the block hindering Him from actually doing anything. You are right again. You must answer the question of Jesus, “Do you want to get well?” In His hometown of Nazareth, Jesus was limited in His ability to perform miracles because the people there chose not to believe He could or would do anything for them. Choose to allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you to new and exciting possibilities in your life, because you made the decision to believe “all things are possible with God.” (Mark 10:27)