|Good morning everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Great thoughts from great Christians”
Our Bible verse for today: “Here I am today, eighty-five 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 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Take care of your body”
In this series about great thoughts from great Christians I’ve already written about my pastor, Oren Teel. In that case I was sharing his thoughts about how important it is for a pastor to truly love his people. However, Oren taught me many other lessons as well (mostly by his example), all of which helped to make me not only a better pastor, but a better man than I would otherwise have been had it not been for his influence in my life.
In addition to being a kind and gentle man, as well as a good preacher and teacher, and a sharp dresser (he thought it was important for the pastor to dress nicely), Oren also took good care of himself physically. He loved a good meal followed by delicious desserts, but he disciplined himself to eat moderately. He enjoyed watching sports and television shows, but he made sure to exercise every day too. He was a hard worker who put in long hours, but he was careful to get adequate sleep. He cared deeply about people and situations, but not to the point of allowing himself to be overwhelmed by the stress of it all.
He once told me, “Jim, my body is a gift from God and I have a responsibility to take good care of it. I need to stay healthy for myself, but also for my family, my church, and my Lord.”
And he has. Today Oren is in his early nineties but he is still slim and trim and spry. He looks a good ten years younger than he is. He not only lives independently in his own home, but he still drives, and he goes to the gym multiple times each week for both cardiovascular and strength training.
None of us will live forever. Not even Oren Teel. But we can do the things necessary to stay as healthy as we can for as long as we can. The better we take care of ourselves the healthier we will be, and the better our overall quality of life will be.
I encourage all of us to do the things necessary to take good care of our body.
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