Almost everything has a fairly simple foundation. And this applies even to health matters. Total health and wellness require that we understand the basics; that we go back to the beginning.
Our state of mind determines our destiny in becoming and remaining healthy. Keeping the proper perspective by fixing our minds on the Word and will of God provides direction. Go back to basics and examine our hearts for attitudes that are not in keeping with the Holy Spirit. The 1st step is to desire a change, then evaluate where you are right now and set a goal to live a healthier and balanced life in Christ. The more specific we are about our destination, the more likely we’ll arrive where we want to go. Jesus set the example for us in the way He matured and developed in wisdom, stature and favor with both God and man (Luke 2:52). By following His example we become better adjusted to enjoy the abundant life He describes in John 10:10. Our good health serves as a testimony of the God we serve.
Biblically speaking, the beginning was in the Garden. Eden was perfect—no sickness, no disability, no trauma and no pain. In the beginning, mankind enjoyed total wellness, and mankind was whole. Then came the disconnect. The perfect relationship that existed between God and mankind was made imperfect, and with this separation came disease and death.
Our goal, however, is to be whole. And while we will never be totally exempt from disease and affliction, it makes sense to reflect on the basics. Going back to basics means we reconnect with God. We examine our hearts for attitudes that are not in keeping with the Holy Spirit. We scrutinize our actions and eliminate behaviors that can disrupt a harmonious fellowship with God. We do some soul searching to discover where we are disconnected, and evaluate how our health is impacted.
Sadly, hundreds of thousands of people die each year from diseases that are preventable. And millions of others are afflicted to such an extent that they aren’t experiencing the vigor and vitality that come with good health. Heart disease, various forms of cancer, type 2 diabetes and many other conditions are either caused by, or exacerbated by how we live. Our diets, activity levels, habits and addictions play a major role in the state of our wellbeing.
Clearly, so much preventable disease is indicative of a disconnection with God. How can I be sure? All we need to do is consider some of the attributes of God. When we are connected to God, we manifest such virtues as sacrifice, discipline and self-control. The absence of these virtues—the disconnect—can actually jeopardize our health.
God’s Old Testament laws were to protect and bless both spiritually and holistically. His reputation rests on His laws. Hosea 4:6 says we perish for lack of knowledge. Let us then know and apply the principles God has laid out in His Word to begin your personal journey to healthy balanced living. There are three basic Biblical principles to have a healthy life: Eat foods God created, don’t alter His design and avoid making food/drink your God. God’s divine design works, blessings will follow and He will receive the glory.
CHOOSE life, so that you and your descendants may live (Deut. 30:19).