Monday, April 5, 2010

Day 5: Oxygen Mask - Breathing First

One Month To Live Transformational Journey

Life Lesson (from journal): "If you're going to make the most of your time on earth, living a no-regret lifestyle, then you need to engage fully with those around you...The only way to accomplish these goals of authentic living is first to take time and focus on yourself. If you're not healthy spiritually, physically, emotionally, and relationally, how can you move beyond yourself and invest in others?"

Kerry Shook begins today's lesson with an airplane drill that many of us may have heard about or watched being performed by flight attendants during travel. They say that if the pressure in the cabin becomes too extreme, then the oxygen masks will be released above your head and you are to put the mask on yourself FIRST, then small children. You may wonder why that is so....well, if you are going to help your small children or others around you, you have to be in good shape and not faint. This example explains how important it is for us to take care of ourselves first in a physical, spiritual, and emotional sense in order to help others or contribute to other people's lives.

From the journal: Take some time and do this, "Rewrite in your own words what Psalm 139:13-16 says about your body."

My Answer: To me, these verses let's me know that my body was perfectly and wonderfully made by God. I was not a mistake, but a purposeful body made and molded to do the preordained works of God before I even arrived in this life.

Ponder these questions from the journal:
1.Do your emotions ever get out of control and cause problems for you and/or others? 
Brainstorm some possible action steps toward self-control.
2.Do you sometimes put your emotions on hold and not allow yourself to express them?
Brainstorm some action steps you could take toward being more emotionally honest, yet still controlling your actions.
3.How do you see your spiritual health impacting your emotional health?
In what ways does spiritual health impact emotional health?

(Share your comments and answers to this post.)

Today's Challenge
Look back over your analysis of yourself and choose one goal for your physical health and emotional health to make a commitment to renew or work to change.
My Answer: For my physical health, I'm going to start getting more rest per night. I have a tendency to stay up until late and get 4 hours of sleep and still get up early the next morning. Its important to let my body renew itself during the sleeping process so I can heal, rejuvenate, and reset my physical, mental, and social dials. So, I'm starting with this tonight. It's going to be hard, but I'm going to give it my best. 

As for the emotional health goal, I need to work on reassessing my road-rage. I just can't stand driving in Los Angeles, CA because most people from LA can't drive and they jump right in front of you, don't use signal lights, sit at green lights looking at their cell phones, and don't let it rain because then we'll have a 6 car pile up, like I heard about this morning! Okay, see, I have work to do with this one...

That's why God is there to work with us during our constant conversations and constant confessions with Him. I can talk to him when the road-rage feels like it is creeping in. I try now to smile about, this will be a trying one...

If you live in Los Angeles, CA I would love to hear what you think and how you deal with the drivers. Or, if you have a comment on Day 5.

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