Our theme for this month: “A New Year, A New Beginning”
Our Bible verse for today: “Don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought at a price. So glorify God with your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Take care of your body”
Without question, the number one New Year’s resolution that will be made in 2020 will have to do with diet and exercise. More Americans will resolve to lose weight and get in better physical condition than anything else. Literally millions of people are unhappy with their current weight or physical conditioning, and they will attempt to do something about it.
Good thing too. Americans are amazingly and inexplicably unhealthy. In study after study, when ranking the most developed and richest nations in the world regarding the overall health of their citizens, the USA consistently ranks close to the bottom of the list. People are healthier in Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Japan, Spain, Finland, Portugal, and Austria.
How can that be? The USA has the most advanced healthcare system in the world. We have the highest standard of living of any developed nation. We have more access to wholesome and nutritious food than anyone else. There are more gyms and exercise facilities per capita in the USA than in any other place in the world. And yet, in terms of things like obesity, hypertension, type two diabetes, heart disease, mental illness, substance abuse, suicide, and other health indicators, we are close to the bottom of the list among the developed nations of the world.
In 2016 the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) determined that at least 40% of the adult population in the USA is obese. Not just overweight, but obese. In 2017 the CDC reported that 100 million people (almost 1/3 of the entire population) either already has type 2 diabetes, or is in a pre-diabetes condition.
Clearly, we have a problem. A serious problem. And as Christians we have to take the problem seriously and we have to try to do something about it. Our physical body is a gift from the Lord. And as with everything else God has entrusted us with, we have a stewardship responsibility to take care of our body.
Since diet and exercise is an issue Christians need to pay attention to, and since it will be the number one New Years resolution made, it will be the first one we will consider in this series (after that attitude adjustment we talked about yesterday).
Tomorrow we will consider the important subject of having a good diet.