Our theme for this month: “A New Year, A New Beginning”
Our Bible verse for today: “Please test your servants for ten days. Let us be given vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then examine our appearance and the appearance of the young men who are eating the king’s food, and deal with your servants based upon what you see. He agreed with them about this and tested them for ten days. At the end of ten days they looked better and healthier than all the young men who were eating the king’s food.” Daniel 1:12-15 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Improve your diet”
The single most important factor contributing to good health and physical fitness is good nutrition. There’s an old saying that tells us “You are what you eat.” That’s truer than most of us realize. To a large degree your body weight, energy level, blood chemistry, the condition of your internal organs, the quality of your sleep, and your overall feeling of wellness, is determined by the kind of food you put into your body.
Food is the fuel your body runs on. Imagine putting dirty fuel with impure elements into your car. Some of that fuel won’t combust properly and therefore the engine won’t produce the power it should; you will also not get the fuel efficiency you should be getting; and, unburned gunky deposits will build up on the internal parts of your engine and foul it.
That’s what bad food does to your body. That’s why you don’t feel good; it’s why you are tired and overweight; it’s why your blood pressure is high and your arteries are clogged. The kind of fuel we put into our body matters – it matters a lot!
In Daniel 1:12-15 we read of the time Daniel and his three young friends had been drafted into the king’s group of promising young men. They were being trained for a lifetime of service to the king. The group was being fed meals from the royal kitchens, which apparently included lots of rich and unhealthy foods like greasy meats, pies, wines, etc. Daniel and his friends objected to that diet and they asked the supervisor to allow them to eat a healthy diet of vegetables and water. He agreed, and after only a short time the difference in the health and appearance of Daniel and his friends, compared to the other guys on the diet of rich foods, was immediately obvious. Daniel and his friends were much healthier.
The kinds of food we put into our bodies is a critical factor in getting and staying healthy. Most of us (including me) would benefit from making a New Year’s resolution to improve the quality of our diets. Tomorrow I will recommend some resources to do so which you may find helpful.