Posts Tagged ‘health’

This is a real physician heal thyself post this morning. As creatives, it can become really easy to get so caught up in your work that you skip really important things. On of the key things we need to focus on as creatives is our health. Whether that be spiritual, mental or physical we need to remember that if we’re not healthy, our work will suffer. In my case it’s physical. I ended up catching a really bad cold last week and as a result, I stopped working out for a few days. I can’t really blame myself for this, it’s hard to exercise when you can’t breath without going into a coughing fit. The thing is now I am pretty well recuperated, but I’m still having a hard time getting motivated to do anything physical. This is a problem.

Pretty much everything I do professionally can be done while being fairly sedentary. You sit to draw, you sit to write, and I can sit for hours and not mind it at all because I love what I do. Maybe you’re in a similar boat. If we want to be able to live this life we love for the long haul though, we have to give our health attention. In my particular case, I have two things going against me. First, it’s really easy to wake up and dig in. Secondly it’s easy to work way past my bed time. These things end up feeding each other. Going to bed late makes it hard to get up early, getting up late makes it easy to think I don’t have time to go to the gym.
For me there is no excuse. For the most part, I set my own schedule. It’s not that I don’t work, I work a lot, I just have a flexible schedule. If I don’t take the time, to do what I need to do, I have no one to blame but myself.

I want to keep doing what I do for the long haul, and I want my body to last for the long run. That means I need to carve out the time to take care of myself. How about you?

My last post was about being really prolific and those times when the creative inspiration is just flowing. As creatives, I think we all love those times. It’s almost like you can’t work fast enough. Of course, if you’re like me you have to be careful or those times come at a price. You do all that great creative stuff, but in the process you are tempted to push things like eating right, relationships,exercise and rest right out of your schedule. This is, always and forever, a bad plan, no matter how much fun you’re having and no matter how much work you’re getting done.

Your body needs a certain amount of rest every day. You also need some exercise. Writing and drawing are fun, but they’re not very active. Do this for too long and your body will rebel. You need to take breaks and get your exercise in and for goodness sake, go to sleep.

You also need to make sure you are caring for your soul and your relationships. When was the last time you opened your Bible? How about spending meaningful time in prayer? Do not neglect your spiritual disciplines because you’re on a roll. Remember where all that inspiration comes from (or at least is supposed to come from). That’s right it’s the one who instituted a day of rest under penalty of death in the Old Testament. I find that so fascinating. God knew that, given the choice, we would quite literally work ourselves to death so He had to force us to rest.

When was the last time you went out on date night with your spouse or spent some time with your kids. Don’t have a spouse or kids yet, good! Get yourself in the habit of relational health now. It will be worth it in the long run.

Being a creative is fantastic. Being an unhealthy creative? Not so much. Creativity is a gift from God and it an be your gift to the world. Don’t misuse it. Creativity needs a body to manifest its creations. You can’t create your best if you’re not healthy physically, mentally and especially Spiritually.

Take care of yourself. I have more to day on this, but it’s time for my walk.

I am back from my procedure. Things went very well. I got a clean bill of health from my  Dr.

No tumors, or other problems. God is good! Don’t get me wrong, He’d be no less good if there was a problem, but I am really happy that there isn’t

Thank you for your prayers,
Gonna rest for the day today and then back to making art!

God bless,



I hope you will indulge me in a little self-reflection and read through to the end where I am placing a challenge. Yesterday I posted about the passion and vision I have to travel the world and help build the body of Christ by helping people find their God-given talents and live out their God-given purpose. This mission consumes much of my thoughts and excites me beyond belief but there’s a problem. To really do this right, I have to be fairly healthy and on this mission, I have been lax.

Yesterday was my 48th birthday and today as I start my 49th year, I have purposed in my heart to make a change. There was a time in my life where I weighed over 320 pounds. In 2004, I had a health scare and got than number down to 230, but of late I have gotten more and more busy, driven and focused and as a result, I have gotten lax about my physical disciplines. That’s not going to cut it. So today I humble myself before you, determined to start over. This morning I tipped the scales at 267 pounds and that needs to change. Today is the first day of the rest of my life and I’d like to invite you to join me on the journey.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to turn this into a weight loss blog, the focus remains the arts and ministry, but at the bottom of a post each day I am going to place a chart that looks like this:

w=267, mw=1, mr=2

It stands for weight=267 pounds, Miles walked=1, Miles ran=2 If I do other exercises I will add them as well but walking and running are my main two. I am posting this for the sake of accountability and I am hoping you will keep me accountable. My attainable goal is to weigh 220 pounds by the time I turn 49 and my audacious goal is 200. I know weight will fluctuate even if I do this perfectly but I am looking for a downward trend. If you see me going lax, I hereby give you permission to harass me.

Will you join me on this journey? You don’t have to post your weight or anything like that, just take steps to get healthier. We only get one body and no matter what our mission may be, it will be enhanced by staying healthy.

Take care of yourself,

One thing you should know about me is I have a vision for my life. I want to travel the world and paint and tell stories and use the arts to spread the Gospel and help others to do the same.

A few years back I had a major health scare, a mild heart attack. I was 40 years old and terrified. The fear took me to some tough places for a while but it did some major things to improve my life. I lost weight, started taking care of myself, eating right and exercising…but then something happened.

I started to get comfortable and getting a little lax. This past week I had a great weekend of ministry I was painting in worship, speaking and sharing and it was great. The downside of this though is it is easy to lose your discipline on the road.

So here I was back to my every day routine and I am just dying for a fix of my last bad habit…candy. So I decided I would take a walk over my break and go and get some and that’s when it hit me. How bad to you want it? I have this dream, this vision that requires me to be in good health and while a little bit of candy here and there won’t kill me, neither does it contribute to this vision of mine. I guess I must want my vision worse than the candy because I passed on the candy and extended my walk. Praise God for small victories, and remember it usually takes a lot of small ones to build a big victory.

So the question comes before us all. What do you want? What’s your God given vision and what habits of yours might interfere with it becoming a reality? These questions beg the bigger question how bad do you want it?