If I love God and live in unhealthy ways, will he cover for my poor choices and let me live long and well? NO!
One of the basic principles of life is: That which a man sows–that will he reap. If anyone could break this rule, it would make a fool of God. Good luck trying to pull that one off! Yet I know that I sometimes think that because I am doing so much for the kingdom that God will cover for me if I don’t exercise or sleep enough. I have often told good Christian friends who have been trapped by smoking cigarettes, that they will go to heaven, just a little early.
There is, of course, one exception to reaping what I sow: when I deserved Hell and was given Heaven instead. However, I didn’t “get away with it”, instead God paid my debt and gave me righteousness at a great price. But will he give me health in spite of my failure to live by the designer’s advice? If the alcoholic repents, does his liver damage go away?
Fortunately there is MERCY:God bringing good out of the consequences of my sin. When I repent, God leaves the consequences that I need in order to hate my sin but walks these consequences with me. (For where sin abound–Grace even more abounds.) However I should not take advantage of MERCY but rather find Grace to live healthy and be better able to serve God and others. God sees my body as a beautiful tool to bring his love to others. Isaiah 52:7
Now here is a stay on track for healthy living tool that I use once a week. It is hard to remember a once a week tool and so I set a specific day and time.
There are four areas of healthy living that I need to examine, not to yell at myself but to keep on track.
HOW AM I DOING AT:
1. Physical, a. diet-high fiber low sugar (fiber provides the bacteria in my gut that make replacement serotonin to calm me down. Sugar feeds the unhealthy bacteria.) b. sleep -7 to 8 hours.( If I sleep 6 or less hours, I can not replace the neurotransmitters that I used up, can’t fix in place the positive things that God did the day before, can’t repair the damage I do to my brain daily which will accumulate and cause heart disease and early dementia, can’t strength the healthy new habits I have been practicing) c. exercise- cardio 10 min daily. (Cardio bring oxygen laden blood up to my brain, it need to be daily not 3 times a week) d.no poisons-cigarettes, alcohol, sugar, drugs (A single drink on an empty stomach causes a sudden rise in blood alcohol that pulls water out of my brain and it take a month for my brain to recover. The same is true even if I eat first, if I add carbonation to the alcohol or have a second drink in one hour) e. Am I taking care of my diagnosed medical illness,( I do not belong to myself, I am bought with a price and need to steward God’s most valuable gift to me and those around me, my yielded body) f. am I regularly taking deep breaths? g.Am I staying hydrated
2. Schedule, a.Am I doing too much? psalms 127 b. too little Colossians 4:5 c. Am I taking time for me and God Mark 1:35 d. Is my schedule balanced Ecclesiastes 3:1
3. Relational- Is there anyone with whom I may be real, no fake front, and still be accepted, do I have others to learn from and minister to? If I want to have friends I must show myself friendly. Proverbs 18:24 Do I take time to be still and know my Jesus? Psalms 46:10
4. Am I rejuvenating and taking care of myself? Am I daily practicing dynamic resting, peaceful passion, gentle warfare? Is my life full of music and singing? When was my last hearty laugh?
5. Informed by the past and looking to the future with hope,am I keeping my focus in the here and now, not investing any worry in tomorrows food clothing and needs or wallowing in the past? Matthew 6:34