Do you expect good health? What do you think it takes to stay healthy? Popular science and medicine have laid out many, often-contradictory rules for maintaining our health: diet, exercise, yoga, massage, and so on. In my Indiana town, there are numerous clinics and studios devoted to a wide range of supposed health-giving treatments. They promise better health, but do they really deliver? My colleague, Steve Salt, writing for the the June 14, 2017 edition of Cleveland.com invites us to do deeper and to consider the lasting spiritual rules for maintaining true health. He suggests turning away from physical causation entirely in order to care for the body. Here’s Steve:
“The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not.” Mark Twain made that observation years ago when jokingly offering his philosophy on what it takes to stay healthy. Obviously, his expectations for lasting health were not too high.
Today we are treated to a similar message through various sources that a disease-free life is practically impossible to maintain without the intervention of diets, drugs, exercise routines, therapies, and more. With the constant barrage in media to “do this to stay healthy,” we are accepting a subtle, but relentless sub-message that illness is inevitable.
What are your health prospects? It is an important question. If living by a “Murphy’s Law” mentality you are essentially portending anything that can go wrong will happen to you at some point in time adding to a life full of doubt and anxiety.
On the other hand, giving your consent to living a life grounded by spiritual, guiding principles that supersede health uncertainties empowers you to be the expression of wellness. There is Biblical authority behind having this kind of outlook….