The writer writes that “time and chance happen to them all.” And that truth cannot be denied. But that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t do everything possible to prevent those things that can be prevented. You know things like heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc….
You and I cannot predict whether our lives will end as the result of a fatal accident or if a virus will enter our bodies with the intent on destroying us. Those things are left up to time and chance.
But we can take a look at our family history to determine whether or not we are at risk for those diseases that can be prevented through diet, exercise, and a good night’s sleep. We can decide to control our stress levels instead of allowing circumstances and situations to throw us into a frenzy.
I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately because two of my friends are currently in the hospital fighting for their lives. I’m not sure that Susie Bee* could have prevented her illness since the doctors are not even sure what caused her to wake up one morning “broke.” (Her word not mine.) She went to bed one night strong in body and will and woke up the next morning with no memory and unable to wipe her mouth with the cloth in her hand. My heart breaks for this woman who had always impressed me with her physical strength, physique, and determination to work hard to achieve the things she wanted in life.
My other friend, Lilly Lee*, made the sad mistake of thinking that her body would always work well for her and failed to take of herself. Like Susie Bee she found herself “broke” one day and is now fighting to regain her health and strength.
Let’s take a moment and think about Paul’s writing:
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
We only have one body! There are no upgrades or trade-ins. As Christians, we were never supposed to believe that if we take care of our spirits then God will take care of the body. Sorry to say this but you can’t eat the Standard American Diet, sit on your tail all day, and live in divine health! It just can’t happen! It’s when we return to eating the way God planned in Genesis and moving our bodies like He created us to move that we will begin to glorify God in our bodies!
What is the Genesis plan? Eating Seed bearing plants, fish, fowl, and livestock. Long walks. And gardening.
Let’s you and I commit to taking care of our bodies with diet and exercise and let God take care of the time and chance stuff.
*Names have been changed to protect their privacy.