Living Well and Healthy…

The *Living Well* Series

Why is living healthy so hard for most of us?

Based on my own experiences, there are plenty of hindrances. At least one of the following usually blocks my well-meaning intentions towards healthy living.

  • lack of finances
  • lack of time
  • lack of energy
  • lack of motivation/will

Is anybody with me?

We already talked about the basic concept of living well in part one of this series. {READ IT HERE} In that post, I shared briefly that when it comes to living healthy, it’s the why that matters.

When you’re living healthy, you’re more valuable to your family, employer, and God. It really is why we, as people of faith, should strive to live healthy.

#1 – God planned for our health and well-being.

God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.” Genesis 1.29 NIV

Sounds like He wanted us healthy from the beginning, doesn’t it? Go to any website on healthy living and what advice will you find? Plant-based diets. Whole foods. Nuts and Grains. Fresh, organic vegetables and fruits.

They may not realize it, but some of your friends and co-workers not living the Christian life are adapting to a healthier life straight from God’s Word.

As far as bodily exercise goes, the New Testament instructs us, “Train yourself to be godly. Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” 1 Timothy 4.7-8 NLT

So, yes, physical training is good and Bible approved – but keep your priorities in check. The time we spend in spiritual training {prayer, Bible reading, worship, teaching} should take precedence over going to the gym and working out.

Remembering my body is His temple raises my wisdom quotient on living well #living Click To Tweet

#2 – We should use wisdom.

Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? 1 Corinthians 6.19 NLT

Earlier this year I had a texting conversation with a family member. It went something like this… Me:  We are asking ourselves, “What have we done to our bodies?” Family member: “Us, too!”

It was one of those New Year observations that revealed we may have let ourselves go! What can I say? We like food {mostly loaded with carbs and sugar}. And we do not especially enjoy working it off.

Unfortunately, we can no longer eat like we want and maintain our youthful, fit appearance. {Actually, we are no longer youthful, so scratch that.} We’ve not used wisdom concerning our diet or physical activity.

Do you know your body is His temple?

When I allow myself to think on 1 Corinthians 6.19, it changes things. Remembering my body is His temple raises my wisdom quotient on the subject of living well and healthy.

#3 – It is for His pleasure and purpose.

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2.10 NLT

Remember, you are God’s masterpiece. He takes pleasure and delight in your existence. And you are meant to bring Him glory with your life.

Your health and well-being are centered in this.

If you overlook your physical, emotional, and spiritual health, you may find it more difficult to fulfill the purpose He has for your life.

Now, don’t miss this.

I am not saying those struggling with health issues or who find themselves physically limited in some way are out of line with God’s plan for health and well-being.

Are you living well and healthy? Learn what God's Word says and how we can live well in spite of our circumstances. We live in a sinful world. Chronic illness, accidents, hereditary disease, and more are no respecter of persons, and this includes believers. But, you can choose to live well in spite of your circumstances.

We have a close family member who, as I write this, is going through a most difficult and debilitating life season. His health is at an all-time low. But God is using him for good.

While receiving his own chemo treatments, he reaches out to other patients and the medical staff. He’s doing what he can to live well – in the midst of it. And God is giving Him opportunities to impact others with the love of God.

Living well doesn’t require you train for a marathon. If you are, great, but for most of us that is not going to happen.

We can all be wise about our health, though.

So, without further adieu, choose one of the following and get started…

  • Make that doctor’s appointment you’ve been putting off for the past five years {or ten}.
  • Decide, today, to lower your sugar intake or eat more fresh produce.
  • Look for a pair of walking shoes {on sale, of course} and determine to make it once around the block.
  • Separate yourself from friends or co-workers tainting your mindset with unhealthy attitudes or activities.
  • Push yourself {and the family} to get to church on a weekly basis.
  • Get beyond your own needs and serve someone else, for a change.
  • Or, fill in the blank with your own healthy living goal: [________________________]
Choose to *live well* in spite of your circumstances #living #whileiponder Click To Tweet

More of The Living Well Series:  HERE {Living Well and Focused…}

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