I recently shared this on social media: For a balanced and stress-free life, I recommend a daily and an appropriate dose of the following: Prayer, Meditation, Exercise, Diet, Hydration, Work and Sleep. Not only will my recommendation reduce stress it will also aid in nurturing our health. Many of us however will find that we fail in or do not have enough of one or two of the seven things I listed above. For me it was hydration and I have significantly reduced consumption of sweetened beverage and instead I drink more water. I found Writer Tim Challies thoughts on guarding one’s health helpful. In his article, he used a phrase that summarized his central lesson in that when it comes to the body, we need to present it, steward it, nurture it and employ it. Tim writes “You need to nurture your body. There is an inseparable unity between body, mind, and soul. When you neglect your body, you will often find your soul heavy and your mind dark. But when you care for it, you tend to find your soul cheerful and your mind enlightened.” You can see some of this in John’s prayer for his friend Gaius: “Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul” (3John2). Like you and I, for Gaius to be as active and effective in life, he must have a healthy body and a healthy soul. So, the nurturing of our body is as important as nurturing of our soul and mind.
“I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you.” ~ Joyce Meyer
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