Devotional for Tuesday November 17th

Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Be thankful”
Our Bible verse for today: “Dear friend, I pray that you are prospering in every way and are in good health, just as your whole life is going well.” 3 John 1:2 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Be thankful for your health”
I once read a story about a wealthy man who was dying. The essence of the story was that he was relatively young, perhaps early sixties. He had lived a soft life of over-indulgence and had as a consequence developed numerous lifestyle-related health problems. Now he was dying younger than he otherwise would have or should have. For a while he frantically tried to regain some of his health by using his wealth to pursue the very best medical treatments, but it eventually got to the point that nothing further could be done for him. He was dying and his wealth couldn’t buy him any more time, so he decided to tell his story in hopes of helping others to avoid the mistake he had made of not taking good care of himself.
Unfortunately, we often don’t realize how valuable our health is until it’s gone. And once we lose it, we realize that all our worldly wealth and possessions and accomplishments mean little if we aren’t healthy enough to enjoy them.
Earlier this year (2020) Dr. Nicole Saphier, a nationally known medical authority and a regular contributor on Fox News, published a book with the title, “Make America Healthy Again: How bad behavior and big government caused a trillion-dollar crisis”. Her basic premise is that the American healthcare system is in crisis and the situation is unsustainable. There are multiple reasons that is true, but far and away the biggest part of the problem is that most of us don’t take proper care of ourselves. According to her extensive research, approximately 70% of all the issues Americans seek medical attention for can in some way (either directly or tangentially), be traced back to poor lifestyle habits. Her point was that if we would all just do simple things to take better care of ourselves, that in itself would lift a huge burden off of the healthcare system – not to mention how much it would improve our personal lives.
I encourage all of us this morning to spend some time thanking God for the health we have. Thank Him for allowing you to live in the greatest country in the world, with the highest quality healthcare in the world. And then ask Him to bring to your attention some things you could do to take better care of yourself. The people in your life love you and need you to take good care of yourself so you will be with us for a long time to come.
We don’t realize what a precious gift good health is until it’s gone.
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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