Nearly all new equipment comes with an owner’s manual, provided by the manufacturer, giving basic instructions on its care and telling what to do should problems occur. Our Maker has provided an owner’s manual, the Bible, instructing us on the care of our “machine.” Circumstances and conditions change, but the principles of healthy living are timeless. Follow them, and you can be assured that you will have fewer breakdowns.
Here are a few nuggets from the Bible on the basics of healthy living:
Eat a balanced diet.
God said, “I have given you every herb … and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food.”—Genesis 1:29
Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. I have given you all things, even as the green herbs.—Genesis 9:3
The glutton will come to poverty, and drowsiness will clothe a man with rags.—Proverbs 23:21
Take nourishment, for this is for your survival. —Acts 27:34
Don’t obsess over your diet.
Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink. Is not life more than food? —Matthew 6:25
Bodily exercise profits a little.—1 Timothy 4:8
Get enough sleep.
It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, for so He gives His beloved sleep.—Psalm 127:2
Find the right balance between work and rest.
Six days you shall do your work, and on the seventh day you shall rest.—Exodus 23:12
Look on the bright side.
A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.—Proverbs 17:22
Feed your spirit.
Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. —Matthew 4:4
Commune with God.
Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.—Isaiah 40:31
Think and speak positively.
Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.—Proverbs 16:24
I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. —3 John 2