One of the first verses I ever memorized (and subsequently one of my favorites) is Proverbs 3:5-6. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight” (NIV). This particular verse has many meanings for me and I turn to it in many situations. However, what I want to talk about today is the very first word…TRUST.
It’s hard to talk about this subject without talking about God. I don’t want to sermonize, nor do I want to force my views on any of you, and I certainly don’t want to argue the Big Bang Theory vs. Intelligent Design, but to me, it’s an inescapable truth that we, as humans, were designed and created by a Creator and Designer. For me and my family, that Creator is God. It may be something different for you. You may refer to your creator as Universe, Spirit, Universal Intelligence, Creator, Higher Power, or whatever else you can think to call Him. I’m not here to argue with you. However, the truth remains that unless you subscribe to the belief that we are merely the products of an accidental and random combination of elemental materials billions of years ago, you acknowledge that there was (and is) something or someone that created the universe (man included) and continues to bring order to it.
The same power that keeps the planets in their orbits, that created Earth with just the right atmosphere for life, and that makes sure that we have night and day and seasons, is the same power that takes two half-cells and turns them into a human being. It’s the same power that continues to beat your heart, expand your lungs, release just the right hormones and chemicals in your body at just the right time and in just the right amount. The same power, and the same intelligence, that runs the universe, also runs you.
Do you ever question whether the planets will fall out of their orbit? No, probably not. You simply trust that they will stay in their orbit. Do you ever doubt that all of a sudden the Earth’s atmosphere will change and will no longer be able to sustain life? No. You simply trust that it will remain. Do you ever doubt that we’ll have seasons? That we’ll have night and day? And that there is a purpose for all that? Again, I doubt it. You simply trust. Every night when you go to sleep you trust that the sun will rise in the morning and that there will be enough air to breathe.
So, if we can trust God with the big stuff, why can’t we trust Him with our own bodies? If we can trust the design of physical world, why do we find it so hard to trust the design of the human body?
The fundamental belief and philosophy behind Life By Design and our office is that we were all designed to be extraordinary. Very careful thought and planning went into building the human body. It wasn’t a haphazard process. The Creator (God) thought of everything. He designed our bodies to run themselves, to be self-healing and self-regulating. There are so many intricate relationships between hormones, neurochemicals, nerves, tissues, cells, etc. that we will probably never fully understand how everything works. And I, for one, am okay with that.
What I’ve come to appreciate is that everything the body does is first and foremost for survival. Your body is constantly sensing the internal and external environments and making accommodations to adapt to it.
A huge part of living an extraordinary life is trusting that it’s even possible. As a society we are so inundated day in and day out with messages that our bodies are weak and defective. We are told over and over again that we need this medication and that intervention to survive. THAT’S NOT TRUE! You are being lied to and if you believe those messages, you are believing LIES! Your body is amazing and it knows exactly what it needs to do to keep you healthy and to heal you when you are less than healthy. Contrary to the commercials, you don’t have headaches because you have an Advil deficiency. Your heartburn is not due to a lack of Zantac in your system. Your baby does not have acid reflux because it needs more Prilosec. High blood pressure is not due to a Lisinopril deficiency. And the flu shot is not a guarantee that you won’t get the flu, nor does it do anything to help your body fight the flu if you do get it.
If you want to have the extraordinary life that God designed you for, you basically need to do two (maybe three) things. First, you must trust that it’s possible and that your Designer knew what He was doing when He made you. You also need to be able to trust in the process. Please understand, I’m not saying that it’s always going to be easy or fun or comfortable. There is nothing comfortable about a headache, heartburn, vomiting, a fever, heart disease, cancer, and so on. But, if you are able to trust in your body’s ability to adapt and heal, you can begin to look at those symptoms and diseases simply for what they really are – your body trying to adapt to internal and/or external stresses.
Secondly, you need to make sure you are giving your body what it NEEDS to work properly. Even though our bodies have all the intelligence, power, and processes they need to be healthy, if we’re not providing proper building blocks, they are limited in what they are able to do. A body that is fueled by quality protein, vegetables, omega-3’s, water and all other essential nutrients is going to be much stronger and much more capable of cellular repair and regeneration than a body fueled by McDonald’s, pizza, soda and sugar. A body that moves regularly and has a demand placed on it in the form of heavy weights and quick, fast movements is going to be able to rebound from injury or illness much more effectively and efficiently than a body that sits on the couch all day or that participates in chronic cardio.
Most importantly, a body that has a clear neurological connection between its brain and all of its tissues, organs, and cells is going to be able to integrate, communicate, and bring harmony to everything. For some, establishing and maintaining a brain-body connection is the first step to regaining health. For others who are already Eating and Moving By Design, the brain-body connection is the missing link that brings it all together. Regardless, a clear connection between your brain and your body is essential to living the life you were designed to live.
The third thing that needs to happen for you to be able to live the life you were designed to live is the removal of toxic materials and situations from your life. As I mentioned earlier, your body is constantly trying to adapt to internal and external stresses. If you give your body less to have to adapt to, it can spend more of its time growing and keeping you awesome. The removal of grains, sugar, chemical additives, and artificial sweeteners (to name a few) from your diet leaves your body with less trash to have to deal with. Removing harmful or toxic relationships and emotional/mental stress frees your body up to be even more amazing. And, if your body isn’t having to constantly try to overcome your lack of exercise or improper exercise, it can express it’s incredible-ness even more.
I challenge you to look at your life and ask yourself what are you trusting? Are you trusting the infinite wisdom that designed and created the heavens and the Earth (and YOU)? Or are you trusting the pharmaceutical companies and modern society that are telling you that you’re weak and defective? Are trusting that you are amazing, powerful and extraordinary? Are you trusting that all healing comes from Above, Down and Inside Out? Or are you trusting that you need this medication and that intervention to be well?
It’s our hope for you that you will begin to trust that you were made to Live Life and THRIVE!