The Enemy Within

Dr. Larimore, writing in Game Plan for Life, talks about the "Four Wheels of Health"—physical, emotional, relational, spiritual. A fully healthy person is one who is consistently, continually achieving balance in each of these areas. If any of the four loses air or goes flat, the whole thing begins to weave and wobble.

But here's the deal. While it makes so much sense to hear him tell it, there is a big part of us that resists being healthy. Just knowing the value of green, leafy vegetables and cardiovascular exercise doesn't ensure we'll go after them. Just being aware that honesty and openness are essential to becoming authentic people is not enough to make us live it out. "Surely the mind and heart of man are cunning" (Psalm 64:6). We cannot trust even ourselves to look out for our own best interests.

That's why it is so important that our lives be centered and grounded in God. He alone is rock-steady in a world that can't help but feel uncertain, as well as in hearts that can't always seem to follow what our heads are telling them. "If we are faithless, he will remain faithful" (2 Timothy 2:13). He is our one-and-only hope of being and staying as healthy as we want to be.

Pray this prayer: Lord God, you've found me out. I'm inconsistent at best and self-destructive at worst.  I truly desire to be a whole and healthy man, but I realize that I can't do it without you. Please help me.

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