Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Steward of your Health

The English author Daniel Defoe may have said it first, but it's Benjamin Franklin's version that has become the standard: "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." Setting aside taxes, we can agree regarding death: "And as it is appointed for men to die once ..." (Hebrews 9:27).

The real question is not whether we die, but how. The picture painted for Job by one of his friends is a strange one when compared to modern reality. Eliphaz pictured life as a growing season, with the harvest of full fruit coming at the end. In a garden, harvest only happens when plants are nourished richly and consistently to encourage the bountiful fruit God intended. Gardening is a matter of stewardship of soil and plants together. And so is life and health a matter of good stewardship. As stewards of the gifts of God, we are called to care for our physical life just as faithfully as our spiritual life; to nourish our bodies with good food, exercise, and plenty of rest.

As you look toward the coming year, what new practices can you bring to bear on the stewardship of your health?

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