Here’s To Your Health
by April Osteen Simons
Not long ago I was sitting in my car at a red light. Next to me was a large truck that was pretty impressive looking. As I was sitting there, I began to read the advertising on the side of the truck. It was a tool company promising their tools could repair anything. Hey, I’m not much into tools, but I have to say, the truck and its advertising really caught my attention. Just by the look of the truck, I thought this company must be really good.
However, I was shocked when the truck began to drive away…
Contrary to the excellent condition it appeared to be in, as it gained speed, it looked like it was going to fall apart! It was shaking from front to back, making the most horrible noise. It was an accident waiting to happen. I pulled up ahead just to stay out of its way!
The irony is the company advertised they could fix anything, and yet their vehicle was literally falling apart. The question that flooded my mind was, why didn’t they take time to fix their truck? Were they too busy to stop and see their own repair truck was in disarray? Couldn’t they stop for just a moment and get it running right?
Oh you know where I’m going with this, don’t you? How many times do we find ourselves in this same condition? Ok, I’m not saying you’re an old truck, but you know what I mean. So often, we get wrapped up in everything we have to accomplish, that we fail to see that we could use a slight tune-up, recharge or maybe even an overhaul!
The Bible tells us our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:1). God has given us this body we live in to take care of and treat right. He wants us to have high standards for our temple. After all, this is the only body we have in this lifetime.
For most people, a healthy life isn’t just going to “happen”. It’s a choice we have to make. We can either continue down the same course or choose to make a lifestyle change. 3 John 2 states, “Beloved, I wish above all things that you prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers.” God desires for us to walk in divine health, but He can’t force us to live healthily. We have a huge part to play in keeping ourselves healthy and strong.
Americans spend 46 million dollars a day on fast food and get this–french fries are the number one eaten vegetable in America! Can you believe that? (Honestly, I can believe it because if my kids could eat Chik Fil A every day they would!) It’s astonishing, but understandable since society is extremely busy and fast-paced. Convenience has become part of our lives. However, if we are going to live in God’s abundance for our lives, we have to start choosing health over convenience. I like to think of it this way: I am responsible not only for my well-being but the well-being of my family. If I don’t want the fat and grease in me, why would I want it in my children? Training yourself for longevity also trains your children. Be an example in everything you do.
Let me make it practical:
Steer yourself in the right direction in the grocery store. Buy nutritional foods. Read the labels. Stay away from the hydrogenated oils and ingredients you can’t even pronounce! By fresh, eat fresh and don’t smother everything in cheese and butter! (You still love me, right?) Eat those fruits and veggies. The better you eat, the better you will feel!
Do you ever feel like you don’t spend enough time with your family? Well, take the whole crew out and go for a bike ride or a walk. Go play at the park. Get moving! Get your family in motion. Not only will this get everyone in shape and improve immune systems, but it provides quality time with those who are dear to you.
And make sure you’re getting plenty of rest. Jesus tells us in Matthew 11:28(NKJV), “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Your body needs rest. A good night sleep can do wonders for you and your family. It’s amazing what a few extra hours can do for a child. You might discover they could possibly even wake up happy—and that alone should motivate us!
One more thing—take time to laugh. The Bible says A cheerful heart is good medicine (Proverbs 17:22). Sometimes, all we need is a good, hearty laugh to lift our spirits. Do you know studies show that happy people have fewer health problems? Believe me, there’s enough going on in our lives that can bring us down. Let go of the stress and the load you’re carrying and laugh a little!
Go ahead–raise the bar in your life. Get healthy today. There’s no better time to begin than right now. Don’t wait until your body is broken down and ready to fall apart. The choice is up to you. Do it for you, do it for your family and do it because you want to take care of the temple God has given you.
We only have one shot on this earth at this thing we call “life”. Live passionately. Live strong. Live smart and live your life in a way that will make God proud.