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Thursday, February 21, 2008

How important is your health?

Have you decided what your health means to you? What value do you place on your health? I've talked before about wellness being the #1 priority for quality of a long life. How important do you see the time and effort it takes to be well? Because, my friends, we really are running for our best life every minute of every day.

What terrifyingly ugly monster might you face if you don't invest in your health today? How good and productive can your latter years really be? As I have stated before we as a society are living longer than ever. Average lifespan in the United States is approximately 78 years old. That's marvelous! When my grandparents died in their 60s, it was expected. They didn't really live with the posible consequences of their lifestyle choices but, today we do. So, in our world, we could live 20-30 years suffering heart disease, cancer, lung disease, stroke, diabetes, overweight, morbid obesity, liver disease, kidney disease, and the list goes on and is fairly long. These are the chronic lifestyle diseases we can do something about. There are illnesses we have no control over developing. But the problems above can be prevented and profoundly managed by personal intervention. I know you've heard the advice; quit smoking, eat the right food in the proper portions, get some physical exercise every day, be mindful of your family, your community, and your spirit.

We are bombarded daily with advertisements solely created to sell us quick fixes, poor food, cigarettes, etc. Be smart. See these ads and bad habits as: Feeding the monster! Take your health seriously; choose to live long and well.

3John2 says, "Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth." John was stating how important it is and how it is God's divine will for us to prosper and be in health! Let's take the Apostle John's encouragement and receive the divine grace and wisdom to be in health and prosper!

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