Take Control of Your Health

Our bodies house the Holy Spirit. A new wellness series on Living Longer, Living Better.

Posted in , Jan 26, 2017

Take control of your health. Living longer, living better.

Pastor and personal trainer Kahlil Carmichael states, “Health is our wealth.” The Scripture reads, “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own.” 

This text challenges us to reflect upon our role in caring for our bodies. And there isn’t a better time of the year than now to take control of our health.   

One’s health is extremely important, especially as we age. I confess there are some days when I’m better about caring for my health than others. 

Today, I couldn’t stay away from the fried fish in the cafeteria. It wasn’t good for me, but boy was it tasty. And after savoring every bite, I was then on the search for something sweet, like a squirrel looking for food. Afterward, I didn’t feel good about my choices.


When I went back to my office, I referred to a booklet titled Living Longer, Living Better: Body, Mind and Spirit written by Carmichael. It’s a resource provided by Guideposts that reminds us of the importance of taking care of our bodies, renewing our minds and staying connected to the Spirit living inside of us.

Kahlil writes, “Our bodies are actually the dwelling place of our spirit. Just as we take great care of our beautiful homes, and houses of worship, we must aspire to take care of our bodies, this blessing we have been entrusted with.” 

And if we have neglected our bodies, he reminds us “each daily healthy choice puts a deposit in our wellness bank.” I highly recommend this booklet, and if you are interested, please request your free digital copy by clicking here

Making healthy choices daily is important and often easier said than done. But our health can’t be taken for granted. 

Yes, even when we do our best to care for ourselves, health issues may arise for reasons beyond our control. No one lives forever, but we can find ways to live healthier. In doing so, we enhance our quality of life and honor the gift entrusted to us by God. How do you care for your health? Please share with us.

Lord, give us the wisdom and discipline to make healthy choices daily; help us be good stewards of our body, mind and spirit.

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