Devotional for Monday December 11th

Good Morning Everyone,


Our theme for this month: “Living with no excuses”


Our Bible verse for today: “Here I am today, 85 years old. I am still as strong today as I was the day Moses sent me out. My strength for battle and for daily tasks is now as it was then.” Joshua 14:10-11 (HCSB)


Our thought for today: “Take care of yourself”


I have a friend who is a family doctor. I was in his office one time and I noticed a cartoon tacked to his bulletin board. It showed a very old man on the exam table being examined by his doctor. The patient was wrinkled and shriveled, bent and hobbled, and obviously in pain and distress. The doctor looked at him and said, “You know those extra 15 years of life you worked so hard to get by eating right and exercising? These are them.”


That’s funny and it does make an important point – if we live long enough we will get old, we will get sick, and we will eventually die anyway no matter how good we took care of ourselves. But it’s also true that there are things we can all do to make sure we stay as healthy as possible for as long as possible. I mean after all, if you’re going to be alive anyway then why not do what you have to do in order to be as healthy as possible so you can really enjoy your life?


I love the example of Caleb in the book of Joshua – 85 years old and still kicking butt and taking names! I want to be like Caleb! But in order to live long and well we do have to make an effort to take care of ourselves.


I know a 98 year old woman who still lives by herself in her own home and until just a few months ago she still drove her own car. Her mind is sharp, she is bright and perky, and she fully enjoys life. I know another man who is 83. He lives a full and active life, including driving everywhere and working in his woodshop each day. He just had a hip replaced and he recovered from that surgery in only 3 weeks.


Conversely, I know a couple of people who are only in their 40s and their health is a train wreck. They’re obese, they have bad type-two diabetes, they have to take lots of medicine, and they’re already unable to work.


There’s a lot in life that we can’t control, and at times we will all get sick or have an accident and get hurt. But generally speaking, the better you take care of yourself the longer you will live and the more you will enjoy your life.


Unfortunately this is an area that many people make excuses about. We all want to be in good health but many of us aren’t willing to discipline ourselves to eat right and to exercise. But it’s really not that hard. Just eat moderate amounts of reasonably good food and get some exercise every day.


As we approach 2018 I encourage you to make a New Year’s resolution to establish better habits of eating and exercising. Have a goal, make a plan, and walk it out. In the long run you’ll be glad you did.


God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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