How's your Health?

“Time And health are two precious assets that we don't recognize and appreciate until they have been depleted.” - Denis Waitley

As I write this I’m in the hospital. I’m fine, but I’m visiting a relative that hasn’t been so well (though he’s much better now). Allow me share with you my observations. About three metres in front of me there’s a very old man, I’ve been told he’s 90 years old. He can barely move and for the last week he’s been confined to the same spot. Relatives and friends have come and gone and generally their demeanour has been one of despondency. I don’t know exactly what’s wrong with him but it looks like a very slow and uneasy process. To my left there’s an Irish man – very jovial character, he tells me he’s been to different hospitals and has had 5 different operations all unrelated …he’s now going in for his sixth. He says it like he relishes the challenge! And across the ward to my right, there’s another man who recently has had his leg amputated. Apparently the chiropodist he went to got it wrong many years back which led to a whole host of problems.

I’m in a surgical ward which means that every person in this ward has either come from an operation or is due for one. The ward is full of different cultures (sickness is not too prejudice) with a variety of illnesses, some preventable but most unexpected. I would guess that most will come out well, fixed, healed or improved in some way but unfortunately some will not.

I’ve just been greeted by an interesting man who decided to say hello (not a patient but is visiting one). It turns out he is 67 and he looks amazingly well for his age. He says he does a lot of walking, swimming, stretching and he eats very healthy food (it shows). He tells us his wife is a nurse so is very careful about what she gives him to eat. He has also mentioned that he doesn’t eat after 6pm and believes that his key to feeling and looking so healthy is largely to do with what he eats along with a lifestyle that keeps him at peace with God.

Why am I sharing all this with you? Well after being in the hospital and observing the patients it made me realise how important our health habits now will be to us 10, 20 or even 50 years from now. When someone is unwell in the hospital you can usually determine the problem, but you can’t always determine the cause. When many people think about Jesus it’s easy to see him as a healer. However the Bible also says “…He became for us wisdom…” 1 Corinthians 1:30. This extends from a position of righteousness, sanctification and redemption to a way of thinking and acting. God would much rather that we kept our bodies in a manner that prevents illness than to not take much regard and cry out later for a miracle. Over the next few weeks, I’ll take our physical health as our focus. In life not everything is predictable and should sickness come what’s then important is the solution whether by miracle, operation or lifestyle. But let’s start with lifestyle…‘you can’t afford to play with your health, you’re life is far too valuable!’

God bless and protect

Quote of the week:
“The first wealth is health.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson


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