Without going into too much detail, as I have aged, the frequency of doctor visits has increased. Certainly, this is no revelation to anyone who has been on this planet for more than a few decades! It is certainly true that many of these trips are unavoidable, simply because I am aging and more things are in need of attention. But, I must confess that some of the things I need to be treated for can probably be helped a lot by my attention to them and changes in my lifestyle.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. -1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (ESV) Considering the foolishness of my youth, I am most fortunate to be in the condition I am in and not much more seriously compromised or perhaps even dead. I must remember this when I am contemplating my ills and taking my problems before the Lord in prayer. There are always things I can find to be grateful for in just about every thing that I have encountered. But what about the times when there doesn’t seem to be anything good I can take from a situation? Perhaps those are the most important to give thanks for.
Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. -Ephesians 5:18-20 (NIV)
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. -1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (ESV) So, the first thing I have had to do is give thanks to God for the doctors who correct me by pointing out ways in which I need to improve the manner in which I take care of myself. Just keeping that one fact in mind all the time should be enough to rectify the situation and help me to employ a healthy lifestyle. But, so often I forget and my thoughts turn to things of this world (which I know are passing away as it says in 1 John).
Pray all the time. Ask God for anything in line with the Holy Spirit’s wishes. Plead with him, reminding him of your needs, and keep praying earnestly for all Christians everywhere. -Ephesians 6:18 (TLB) So, sounds good, but how do I do that? By asking God right now and each and every morning to keep you mindful of His presence and the need for prayer!