Several years ago, a post of mine addressed a possible link between faithful church attendance and obesity. This possible link was identified by researchers at Northwestern Medical. Based on their report, young adults who regularly attend church are 50 percent more likely to become obese by middle age than young adults with little or no church involvement. You can read my previous post by clicking here.
Christians should strive to be spiritually AND physically healthy. Of course, our relationship with God must be our top priority. But we should not neglect being good stewards of the body and health God has blessed us with. I see this as a quality-of-life issue. The things we do to stay healthy today will positively impact our health status on tomorrow. But we don’t address this subject enough in local churches.
As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. Some people are just reckless when it comes to their physical well-being. They get little or no exercise, and they have poor eating habits. Through a commitment to staying healthy, on the other hand, we can reduce our visits to the doctor for health-related issues. Also, we will reduce our need to run to the altar every Sunday begging God to heal us of our self-inflicted ills.
Staying as healthy as we can enables us to do everything else better in life. The healthier we are, for instance, the more effectively we can serve the Lord. The healthier we are, the better we can perform on the job. The healthier we are, the better we perform as athletes. And the better we can sleep at night.
I feel strongly about what I am writing in this post. I have been preaching the gospel for over 35 years. During that time, I have maintained a commitment to stay healthy. I know that my doing so has enabled me to more effectively serve the Lord.
God wants us to be both spiritually and physically healthy. We don’t have to go to the extreme with our health kick to benefit from it. At a minimum, we need to:
- Commit to a 30-45 minute long physical workout several times a week
- Make better eating choices, reducing meat and sweets, and increasing fruits and vegetables
Additionally, you may need to take a good multivitamin or other nutritional supplement(s) to address a particular need in your fitness goals. If you do, visit Dr. Don Colbert’s website by clicking here. Dr. Colbert is regarded as America’s #1 doctor of faith and medicine. Here’s to your good health.
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