A large part of why this blog exists is to remind us that our value is derived from God our creator – who is truth, love and kindness, and in whose image and likeness we were created (Genesis 1:27). This knowledge helps us to set aside the weight of negative labels and conceptions that seek to diminish our value and worth, and skew our perspective of ourselves and others.
If we maintain the perspective that God loves us, and our lives are important and valuable to Him (Luke 12:6-7), then we come to understand that we are worthy of what is good, best and right in every area of our lives, including our health. It is God’s will for us to be in good health (3 John 1:2), the way we were created from the beginning. After God created us, He blessed us, and charged us to be “fruitful and multiply,” and I’m quite sure God’s intent was not for us to be fruitful and multiply chronic illness.
Yet, the flux of chronic illness in our world is quickly multiplying and becoming a hindrance to the longevity and quality of life of our society. Thus, reclaiming our health will need to involve a change of perspective, how we think about our health, as well as a combination of methods to counteract/slow the progression of sickness and inflammation.
Exercise and good eating habits are a great start; however, neither works well in isolation, and both work best in conjunction with other healthy habits, such as maintaining a positive and peaceful state of mind, among others.
It’s impossible to have a healthy body when any part of us is unhealthy. Good health is more effective when approached through diverse pathways – the mind pathway (thoughts/emotions/knowledge), the body pathway (exercise/nutrition) and the spiritual pathway (biblical truth/God’s guidance).
However, I often find that we limit God and his truths to just certain aspects of life when it’s intended for the whole of our lives, to include everything that concerns us and the world we live in. And quite often, we omit to place our health under the purview of God’s wisdom, guidance and love.Certainly, if God loves us with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3), and cares about our lives and the things that concern us, surely, God cares about our health and wellbeing.
So, please value your health and make it a priority. In a world where the things that are worst for our health are flaunted before us constantly, made to be pleasing to the palate, and appear more affordable than their healthier alternatives, we’ll need to be diligent and proactive in our pursuit of optimal health. And in the process, learn to love ourselves and the God within us enough to more often resist what is not good for us and cling to those things that are best for our health.
Here’s to long life and health!