Your body is designed with the God-given ability to stay healthy and to regain health. My book, “Morning By Morning Pathway to Health”, applies biblical principles to health and shows how a daily commitment and the faithfulness of God can transform your health.
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2 NIV)
Remember that bumper crop from a few years ago? Thank heaven and my son Paul for a bumper crop of delicious champion tomatoes. Totally organic — just Paul’s hard work planting and tending, watering, and Florence Park sunshine yields the perfectly formed delicious tomato that God intended. We’ve been eating, canning, freezing and sharing tomatoes with friends and neighbors. What a blessing!
We know how many seeds are in an apple, but only God knows how many apples are in a seed. We plant seeds of truth by spreading the gospel, as described in the parable of the sower in Matthew 13. Some seeds fall along the path and are snatched away. Some fall in rocky places where they are received with joy but have no root and soon wither. Some seeds fall among thorns where worries of this life choke them out. And some seeds fall on good soil where people hear the Word, understand it, retain it, and produce a crop. What places in your life are like valleys, mountains, or rough places that challenge your faith? Mountains are difficult challenges requiring endurance and perseverance. Valleys may be depressing events that lead to emotional fatigue, mental distress and physical exhaustion. In crooked places you don’t know which way to turn, you can’t see the path or discern the way. In rough places, like with illness and betrayal, the going gets tough; you can clearly see the way, but it is still very difficult to cope and keep going. When you hear the Word and understand it, you produce a crop yielding many times what was sown. Our job is to plant the seeds of truth. How many apples may be in the seeds you are planting and in the seeds from those apples in the future? Keep planting. Only God knows what the harvest will bring.
A bit of nostalgia: this family photo was taken in 1924. No, I’m not in it! In fact, my dad is the baby on my grandmother’s lap, third from left on the second row. My grandpa stands behind her and my dad’s older brother sits in front of her. I was privileged to know some but not all of the rest. Some passed before I was born; some lived far away. Still, we were close.
Family bonds are strong, even if we never meet all of our extended family members. That’s how it is with the family of God, too. When we meet or hear of another believer, or welcome a new believer into the body of Christ, there is an instant closeness and spiritual bond. As the lyrics to the hymn “The Family of God”, written by Bill and Gloria Gaither, so eloquently convey:
“I’m so glad I’m a part of the Family of God,
I’ve been washed in the fountain, cleansed by His blood!
Joint heirs with Jesus as we travel this sod,
For I’m part of the family,
The Family of God.”
May you be blessed with a strong family bond.
As the bread-winner and spiritual leader of your family, you are their superhero! You can get stronger to serve God and family longer. If you want to stay healthy longer so you can continue to take good care of your wife and family for many years to come, there are actions you can take now to ensure your long term physical and spiritual health. Half of the top ten leading causes of death for adults in the U.S. are chronic diseases with risk factors that are modifiable by nutrition. Modest changes in your diet and exercise to reduce weight and change your body composition can significantly lower your risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and hypertension or high blood pressure. Reduce your intake of saturated fat, cholesterol and trans fats and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables containing antioxidants, vitamins A and C, and whole grains to reduce your health risks. Be in the Word daily and lead your family in spiritual matters. My own father has passed, but Philippians 1:3 gives me great comfort: “I thank my God always upon every remembrance of you.” I love hearing from readers. What are your comments, insights, and Father’s Day stories?
Yet so many people have Bibles that are literally gathering dust on their coffee table or book shelf. I have the urge to write “Read Me!” in the dust when I see that.
The Bible is God’s holy Word. It’s not only a love story from God to man, but a revelation of his perfect plan and a practical guide for everyday concerns. Approach it with reverence and be in the Word daily.
How many Bibles are in your home? Have you read one of them? What if God were to one day say to you, “Was the eighty years I gave you not long enough for you to read my book?”