1 Timothy 3:5 – King James Version
For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?
Well all righty then! Boy, did I get a swift kick in the pants last Thursday!! I mean a wake up call so real I had to share.
I went to the dentist because my tooth on my right lower side, the one in the very back, has been throbbing. Wake me up in the middle of the night throbbing and I can’t eat a thing on that side throbbing! Yep, pain.
I have to admit that I have needed to have this same tooth removed for mmmm……well, honestly, maybe over two years! I hear you, so be kind to me!!! (smile) Yes, two years or better!! I kept putting it off by saying I needed the money for other things. The kids needed this, I had this bill, we needed to eat out more than I felt like cooking….the list of excuses could go on and on. I have to pay over a hundred bucks with insurance and somehow it just hasn’t happened.
That all has changed! You see, the tooth next to the cracked one is now decayed. Lying next to the first bad one has not been good for that tooth and it is now joining its brother – it has to go too!! It’s either got to go or I can have a root canal and a crown done on it to save it. I think I heard about twenty-five or so collective groans as you read this because you all know that even with insurance, the co-pays are high! So, I will have them both removed and I will be gumming for real on that side. Please stop laughing at me!!! 😦
The sad fact is that this could have been avoided had I taken care of the first tooth two years ago. I have to blame myself for not making me a priority. That’s what you do when you think you have been given a red cape – you think you are Superwoman and can save the world.
But you really can’t save anybody if you don’t first take care of you. How often do we go without or neglect ourselves for everyone else’s needs? Yes, we have responsibilities to take care of our families but we cannot make ourselves an afterthought. Neither should we allow our loved ones to treat us this way as well. If we don’t care about ourselves and make sure our health is a priority, who else will?
So I admonish you today to make those appointments that you have been putting off. When was the last time you had your eyes checked, your teeth cleaned, your mammogram done, your pap smear, your prostrate checked, and, in fact, a yearly physical? Are you up to date on your tetanus shot? Do you know what your normal blood pressure is or your own blood type?
My direction for this year has been and will continue to be to live on purpose. To do this, I must take the proper steps to make sure I am healthy enough to answer the call that God has placed on my life.
I must lead my children by example. They must see a mother who does her best to feel and look her best so that she can be there for them.
As I write to you, I am surely writing to myself. Please take care of YOU now before anything that is a small issue becomes a major problem. If you could ask my two teeth all about it, they would tell you that they wish I had taken my own advice maybe two plus years ago. I would have all my teeth, spared myself some pain, and avoided the cost for partial dentures that will be needed down the line! (ok, that alone is depressing and the subject of another blog – I have reached the age where I may need a partial! what in the world!!!)
Starting today, now, this moment, take good care of YOU!!! Live your best life now! Make a renewed commitment to make YOUrself a priority! Someone needs to see the Jesus in you that only YOU can show them.
Loving God includes taking care of yourself so that when you are healthy, you can feed His sheep!
Pray for me – my teefs are coming out tomorrow!!! 😦
Living Victoriously By Making My Health A Priority!