As summer vacation time arrives, vast multitudes of aspiring beach combers will be desperately seeking magical weight loss plans. Their misguided goals would ironically culminate with visions of indulgent party scenes – and thus a vicious cycle of much less than healthy lifestyles. Though many of these naive souls are youthful – some of them have far exceeded their teen years – and could well benefit from extra lessons on adopting a more disciplined approach to ultimate fulfillment in this very fleeting existence.
Despite the stereotype depicted above, do any one of us fully understand the impact our choices bring in a world meticulously designed according to the principles of cause and effect? Christians are usually familiar with the important concept of ‘sowing and reaping’. Quite frankly, abiding by the instructions provided for us in the Bible – and in a righteously governed society – will generally yield a successful life. This time-tested, trustworthy principle is especially applicable in how we nurture our physical, mental and spiritual health.
In all certainty, what we choose to put in our bodies determines not only our weight and appearance, but also our future health condition to a very significant extent. Becoming educated about wise diet options and avoidance of toxic substances can enable us to achieve all-around wellness. Eating good fats and complex carbohydrates – as well as eliminating exposure to hazardous chemicals and metals – will go a long way toward preserving the amazing bodies and minds the Creator intended us to have for over a century of service to Him in this world.
The most important health choice of all that we can endeavor – in this temporal existence of ours – is a decidedly spiritual one. It involves the consistent and intentional practice of heartfelt prayer. Throughout the old and new testament Scriptures, the Jewish people and followers of the promised Messiah, Jesus Christ, understood the power of seeking the eternal God’s intervention for provision and healing. Biblical examples are cited therein of how they praised the Lord’s goodness and sought His wise counsel for life decisions. How much more crucial must it be for us – in this increasingly complicated day and age – to consult His guidance for acquiring optimal health, for maximizing the potentials of ourselves and those around us? What a great faith boost we experience, in marveling at testimonies of people on the brink of death, miraculously restored by the collective, fervent intercession of prayer warriors.
Unquestionably, there is no greater single act of our free will than connecting with the One who is not only sovereign over individual human concerns – but with mysteries lying far beyond all the intricacies of this diverse creation. May we each fully determine to sing a healthy new tune – not only in the month of June – but far beyond. Let it be a song that will joyfully harmonize with the melodies of the many souls in need of healing hope that we are bound to encounter along life’s narrow way into our eternal destiny.
To Grow on: “Our bodies are our gardens – our wills are our gardeners.” ~ William Shakespeare
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