Each year, God blesses us with a new spring season. The flowers will bloom, the grass will turn green and the birds will sing. These are reminders that “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein.” The new season is also a time for us to ensure we have a healthy lifestyle that includes taking walks, exercising and evaluating the healthiness of the food that we eat. The Word of God is clear, “Our bodies are the living temple of God.”
I have become increasingly aware of the importance of a healthy lifestyle as the result of my own body. I am grateful to God that I have a wonderful physician who is concerned about my well-being. I believe everyone should have his or her own primary care physician. So many diseases affect our day-to-day living such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke — the silent killer. As prostate cancer runs extremely high in African-American men, it is important that men get our annual physical. It is equally important not to wait until any disease accelerates. Early detection is crucial, especially with the possibility of the elimination of affordable health care under this ungodly administration.
To have a holistic healthy lifestyle, we need discipline in our spiritual walk that includes meditation, quiet time with God, daily reading of the Word, fasting and praying, and regular attendance at worship services. Personally, I am looking forward to the spring season to enjoy quiet time with God, relaxing and reducing stress, spending time with family and friends, reading a book or listening to music. Life is precious! Try to worry less, pray more, and truly embellish the Serenity Prayer: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.” It is a simple, yet deep and profound prayer. Some things we cannot change; the things we can change we ought to seek to change them, and live peaceably with one another. I have found prayer to be an important source of my everyday living. Worry adds nothing to one’s life; in fact, it causes more stress and pain.
Remember, each day we live is a gift from God. We need to live each day to its fullest. The Word of God has many principles for healthy living: never let the sun go down with anger in your heart; love those who are unlovable; treat everyone the way you want to be treated; help somebody who is less fortunate. If you really want to be healthy stay away from negative people; don’t pollute your soul or your heart with ungodly things; be open and accessible to God; try to live a clean and pure life; and be at peace with all people. Let me add, to have a healthy lifestyle one must also have the ability to forgive, not to carry grudges and to reconcile with others. Remember, hate begets hate and love is stronger than hate. It has been proven by the medical profession that those who have a strong spiritual life tend to heal and recover quicker than those who have no spiritual connection. It is all about God.
We can prolong our lives by living holy and healthy, or we can cut our lives short by neglecting our body and spirit. Remember, it’s not how long you live, but how you live that counts. That is why I am truly looking forward to this spring season and pray that you are looking forward to it, too. Put on your walking shoes; put the Word of God in your hand and the love of God in your heart. I hope that by the summer, you are living a healthy, holy life.