“…that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.” – Ephesians 4:22-24
I went to the Chiropractor yesterday for the first time since I had my fall back in February.
While I have mostly healed up since then, I’ve had some neck pain over the last couple of weeks along with some daily headaches, and thought it was about time I go to make sure I get myself back into proper alignment.
When I walked into the Chiropractor’s office one of the first things she took note of was that I was carrying myself all wrong –basically I was standing all wrong, walking all wrong, sitting all wrong.
She noted that “I lead myself by my head instead of carrying myself in a balanced way over my shoulders”, and so I’m carrying the weight of my head in a way that strains my neck and shoulders and keeps me out of healthy alignment.
This was eye-opening to me. I had no idea I was doing this all this time.
After she adjusted me, she showed me how I should be carrying myself, and stretches I can do to retrain my muscles in my neck. (I had a little flash back to the movie, “Princess Diaries”, how awkward Princess Mia must have felt as they were teaching her how to walk, how to stand, how to sit. ha!)
You know what’s so interesting? As I lifted up and back in my shoulders and neck, and lifted my head so that my ears were in alignment with my shoulders — it literally felt forced and strained just to hold myself in this position. It didn’t feel natural to me. My body is so trained to do it the wrong way that it is going to take a lot of practice and training to get my muscles to naturally position this way without it feeling forced and strained. It literally feels like stretching a rubber band in my chest muscles and in my neck just to hold my head high as it should be and to hold it there.
After my appointment yesterday I tried practicing as I walked around during the day, and it was such a challenge just to keep myself in the proper alignment as I should be. I knew it was going to take awareness, stretching, practice, patience, and time to make this kind of change.
This morning I am seeing the significance of this in a deeper way, and how it really is the same with learning the truth, practicing and absorbing the truth until it changes our DNA, until it transforms us into our “original design” — who we were created to be, who we are in Christ. The renewing of the mind, the realization of who God says we are.
Knowing the truth of who we are in Him affects how we carry ourselves. As we learn about who we have been created to be, the Holy Spirit begins to teach us –retraining us, which causes us to “lift our heads” and helps us to come into alignment with who He has designed us to be — Sons and daughters of the Most High King.?? ??
“And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” – 2 Corinthians 3:18
I have a picture in my head of the intro to the show “Victoria” that I keep seeing. I don’t really watch this show, but the intro has always kind of stuck with me. I’ll share it below…
As we go through the process of learning the truth of who we are in Christ, it causes us to run into the things that cause us to not be in agreement with the truth of who we have been created to be. It’s the journey into the transformation process.
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” – 1 Peter 2:9
Father, thank you for teaching us how to begin to step into who You’ve created us to be. Sometimes it’s not easy as we run into behaviors and ways that aren’t in line with who we really are. It stretches us. But you have promised to lead us, and to stay with us every step of the way as you take us from glory to glory, transforming us into the truth of who You’ve always known us to be.