Our health is an invaluable asset to our lives. Our health is vital to our mortality, quality of life, livelihood, and even our peace, and is well worth any time and effort for us to proactively protect and invest in it.
When God created humankind, He deemed his creation “good” and blessed us (Gen. 1:27-28, AMP). Hence, we were intended to be a blessed people in good health and whole, having everything we needed to make us complete inside and out.
Brokenness and sickness entered into the world through sin and the fall of Adam and Eve. And, the only way to reclaim our health and to be made whole again is through faith in the work God did through Jesus’ death on the cross and His resurrection. Equally as important as the latter is our own personal choices.
It’s choices and things that we do on a regular basis that impacts us the most, working for or against our health. Therefore, it becomes imperative that we identify and learn about the things that affect our health and wellbeing. Some of which include food selection and preparation, environmental factors that impact the quality of the air we breathe, exercise/movement or the lack thereof, and stress.
Often through our daily choices, which can become engrained habits, we move ourselves closer to good health or further away from it. When we stray away from making good health choices, we setup ourselves and any children in our care as easy prey for all forms of chronic illnesses.
Since the food choices and eating habits of many parents and other adults are on display at mealtimes, children at an early age can easily be exposed to poor eating habits on a daily basis. And these learned habits can remain with them throughout their lifetime, for the good or to the detriment of their health. Our choices are important teaching tools for children and others in our sphere of influence.
A change in our individual and collective mindsets has the potential to revolutionize not only our health and wellbeing, but also our healthcare system and every system in this country and beyond!
Scriptures that affirm God’s will for our health:
3 John 1:2 (AMP): Beloved, I pray that in every way you may succeed and prosper and be in good health [physically], just as [I know] your soul prospers [spiritually].
Isaiah 53:4-6 (AMP):
But [in fact] He has borne our griefs, And He has carried our sorrows and pains; Yet we [ignorantly] assumed that He was stricken, Struck down by God and degraded and humiliated [by Him].
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was crushed for our wickedness [our sin, our injustice, our wrongdoing]; The punishment [required] for our well-being fell on Him, And by His stripes (wounds) we are healed.
All of us like sheep have gone astray, We have turned, each one, to his own way; But the Lord has caused the wickedness of us all [our sin, our injustice, our wrongdoing] To fall on Him [instead of us].