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Saturday, August 8, 2009


Perseverance--the quality that causes a person to push forward despite setbacks, roadblocks, hindrances. Tenacity of spirit. Determined effort. Patience. Those with this quality are winners. It may take a long time, but in the end, they succeed in their pursuit.

Without this quality many people fail because they quit before they reach the goal. Often the goal is within reach when they give up saying that it can't be done, it's impossible, it takes too much work, I've given this more than enough time. One more hour, one more day, one more week of perseverance may be all it would take to reach their desired end. Too soon, they quit.

Healthy living takes perseverance. Many people today are sick because, over the years, they have not taken good care of their bodies. Toxins have built up, a general weakening has crept in to cause many conditions attributed to the aging process. But do we really have to live this way?

Often when a person realizes their body is not functioning as it once did they begin to seek out solutions, something to alleviate pain, to fix specific problems, to find some way to help them feel better rather than unwell, tired all the time, listless. Some people run to the doctor week after week and would rather take a lot of pills. Others, after a little research, find a vitamin, a whole food supplement that seems to address the issues they struggle with.

I'm not saying you shouldn't take pills. On the other hand, my choice is, if at all possible, to take the natural route. After all, our bodies were created to assimilate food, not synthetic drugs. Our bodies need whole-food nutrition to function, to be healthy. Without nutrient-rich food, adequate pure water, clean air, exercise and rest our bodies will suffer. We also need to abstain from things that can harm our bodies, e.g. cigarettes, alcohol, excess fried foods, overuse of refined sugar, etc. It is simple enough to understand. Care for our bodies well and we are rewarded with health. Abuse our bodies, the result is sickness.

So, what happens when you settle on a good nutritional program, follow it for a few weeks but see no positive response? I have spoken with many people in this situation. Most say, "I took those supplements for a couple of weeks, but I quit because they didn't do any good."

Enter perseverance. No program, no vitamin, no whole-food supplement works overnight. In some instances people do begin to feel a little better almost immediately. But that is not the norm. Perhaps they are so depleted in some nutrient that even a little extra in their diet brings results. But to prove the efficacy of a healthy living program we need to persevere for at least three to six months to know if it is really working. How can anyone expect a condition that has taken perhaps forty, fifty years to develop to be eradicated with a few weeks-worth of even the best of products?

It's not easy. It takes time to form a new habit. It may take extreme exertion to follow through with your healthy living plan. You may feel like giving up before you reach your goal. But I would encourage you to keep at it, don't quit, because the end result is usually worth more than the effort it took to get there. Find someone who will faithfully hold you accountable. Feeling good, feeling happy, feeling healthy is precious; it's value cannot be estimated in time or in dollars.

So take heart, focus on the goal, keep your eyes on the reward, not on the obstacles, and let's walk this journey together to achieve healthy living for ourselves and our families.

1 comment:

  1. I turned to this post with this scripture in mind: Rom.5:3-5 "...we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us."