If you haven’t read my book, you might be wondering what in the world does Jesus have to do with learning to develop a healthy lifestyle. In chapter five, I discuss this connection by introducing the first lifestyle management PHS principle: Be Proactive. The epitome of proactive behavior was exhibited by Jesus Christ. Even if you’re not a Christian, you can still learn something from the way Jesus exercised proactive thinking and behavior. Jesus had a purpose; he had set his sight on a decision to do the will of the Father. However, he certainly wasn’t looking forward to the excruciating pain of death on a cross. His soul was filled with sorrow as he prayed: “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” (Mt 26:39)
Jesus experienced all the emotions common to humanity—he wept and bled like everyone else. Yet he still submitted his will to do the will of the Father through the power of a proactive choice. Likewise, as you learn to become proactive, you’ll discover this PHS principle is the star that shines throughout your life and health journey. It empowers you every step of the way through your choices and responses. In order to manage the many facets of your life, you alone need to evaluate your priorities. There is no health police. Is your health important enough to be part of your life paradigm, or do you only value it through lip service? If you truly value your health, this will be reflected by whether you proactively manage your lifestyle.
As we approach the Christmas holiday, many us will inevitably get lost in decking the halls, shopping, wrapping gifts, cooking, visiting family, or crashing parties with spiked eggnog and mistletoe. In the midst of all the excitement, are we still honoring the purpose for this glorious celebration? Hopefully, you know the story and how the birth of Christ graces all of humanity on infinite levels. After Jesus was crucified, he prayed: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Lk 23:34) Talk about proactive thinking! His response alone should put everything in perspective! Jesus Christ set the highest standard and example of proactive behavior.