In the summer of 2015, my doctor diagnosed me as borderline anemic. For those of you who don’t know, anemia is a problem that causes dizziness and weakness from time to time, and if left untreated, it can develop into diabetes and other more deadly illnesses. At 28 years old I couldn’t believe what my doctor said. I didn’t think someone as young as myself could be borderline anemic.
Although I was surprised to hear this news, I kinda had some warning signs over the past several years in regards to this problem. Throughout the past seven to eight years I’ve had dizzy spells that just come out of nowhere, but in the summer of 2015, I finally knew what the problem was. Anemia is not a common problem found in young adults, but I believe the reason I had it was because anemia runs in the genes on my mothers’ side of the family.
After my doctor told me I was borderline anemic, I was overwhelmed with fear. “How am I going to share the Gospel in the most difficult and remote parts of the world if I’m borderline anemic?” I thought. To think that I would have to stop sharing the love of Jesus in poor third world countries made me really sad.
I didn’t know what to do, but I knew I wasn’t going to just give up on my call to share the Gospel with the poor. After lots of prayers, the Lord started to connect me with friends and other people who are health conscious and have revered serious illnesses by radically changing their diet and by exercising regularly. 1 Corinthians 6:20 says, “You were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”
One of the best ways to honor God with our bodies is by eating healthy and exercising so that we actually live long enough to fulfill our God-given destiny. Dying young because of a sickness that could have been prevented is a very sad way to leave this world. We need to make sure we’re doing everything we can to honor God not only by developing our relationship and communication with Him, but also by taking care of our bodies.
One of the things I noticed is that dizzy spells only happen for me during the hot summer months, but I don’t get them at all during the winter time. During the summer or hot days, I use liquid chlorophyll alongside my regular diet and exercise. I also bought a bicycle to ride during cool weather to help keep me in good shape.
I believe one day, as I continue to exercise and eat healthy, I will no longer need the liquid chlorophyll, and I’ll be completely healed. Nothing is going to stop me from sharing the love of Jesus with the poor. It’s true that life isn’t fair, and some people never have these types of problems, but at the end of the day, my focus isn’t on anybody else journey but my own.
It doesn’t matter if you’re skinny, overweight, old, short, disabled, or socially awkward, Jesus has a destiny for you, and you were created to leave a Godly legacy on the earth long after you’re gone. Let nothing ever cause you to give up on your destiny.
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