old-man-exercisingWhen I asked a few friends to recommend some healthy food to include in my diet, one of them said, “Lloyd, at our age, it doesn’t matter–the damage has been done.”

This remark, said in jest, is rather glum, right?

I think that it is never too late to change one’s lifestyle. Today is always a good day to start an exercise program, improve your diet, manage stress levels, and adjust your sleeping habits. Doing these faithfully, I believe, could help improve quality of life, if not reverse the damage that has been done on your body. Young people, start early. Do not wait till you reach my age before taking care of your health.

Why should we be concerned about this?

Well, look at the football players of the ongoing World Cup in Brazil. These players know their mission and are committed to reaching it: defend their goal and score against the opposing team. Therefore, they do all that is necessary to last for at least 90 minutes in the playing field. Sometimes, they deprive themselves of simple pleasures; however, for the most part, they live a life of discipline so that they would be thoroughly prepared–body, heart and mind–for every match.

In the same way, we need to prepare ourselves to fulfill our part in helping fulfill the mission of God. He desires to bless all the nations with the knowledge of His grace through the Lord Jesus Christ. Let it be our goal to be ready everyday–physically, emotionally, and spiritually–to do His will. The apostle Paul reminds us:

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. (Romans 12:1 MSG)

I know that God can use you whatever physical condition you may be in. However, if you intentionally harm or neglect your body, you limit your ability to play your part in God’s mission. You don’t want that, right?

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