Living By Grace

God Has A Great Future Planned For You

by Jordan RubinI’ll never forget attending a memorial service at my church for an acquaintance of mine—a missions pastor—who died of cancer at the age of thirty-nine. Left behind by this incredible man were a beautiful wife, four wonderful children, and a thriving global ministry. I was scheduled to talk to him about getting on a health plan shortly before he died, but the call never took place.

What if, before the cancer developed, he had followed my prescription for healthy living? Would things have turned out differently? We’ll never know because now it’s too late, which is a shame because I believe God designed us to live long and fruitful lives. For those of you in adolescence, you need to know that making good decisions on what you eat and drink now will reap incredible benefits as you grow older.

I hope you have a long, healthy life in front of you. Think about it: before Moses died, Scripture says that his eyes did not grow dim. The Bible tells us that the eyes are the windows of the soul, the light of the body. If the eyes are good, the whole body is good. In fact, when priests were called upon to diagnose a disease of an Israelite, they looked into the person’s eyes. What this means is that Moses did not die of an illness; nor was his body feeble or his mind weak. God was ready to take him home; Moses was simply used up.

Joshua passed away at the age of 110, just months after he came off the battlefield. Caleb was going full bore, battling giants in his late eighties, until the Lord called him home. These heroes of the Bible never spent time in assisted living or nursing homes. They drank the last drop from the cup of life because they followed God’s principles of good health found in the Bible.

You were created in the image of God (Gen. 1:26). You were made in God’s image for a reason, and that’s to be a reflection of God to the world for His glory. Think about it: Do you properly reflect His image? Are you healthy? Or do you think you’re healthy simply because there’s an absence of a grave disease in your life? Maybe you consider yourself healthy because you’re not hacking away with a cough, running a 103-degree fever,. But is that really the definition of being healthy?

Good health is a lot more than the absence of disease in your life. Good health is waking up in the morning feeling rested and ready to attack the day. Good health is having the energy to perform well in school and on the athletic field. Good health is having something left in the tank when you have to begin your homework after dinner. Good health is thriving, not merely surviving.

God wants to use you, but He also needs you at your physical, spiritual, and emotional best. My challenge to you is that you think about what steps you need to take to eat healthy, exercise regularly, avoid toxins, and deal with any deadly emotions in your life, and then resolve to follow through today.

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