By Hannah Ng’uni
An often-cited definition of health dates back to 1948 by World Health Organisation (WHO), ‘a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity’. However, over the years, this definition has been debated and found to be unrealistic as many people would be categorised as unhealthy at any time point. A newer proposed definition of good health speaks of a persons’ ability to adapt and self-manage when met with various challenges be it social, physical or emotional. Whatever definition you identify with, the point remains that health relates to the whole being.
As alluded to in the previous post (May 2021), we can conclude from the Bible that God desires for us to be well physically and spiritually. I believe this is an important aspect of living a fulfilling and purpose filled life because; 1) God is about people and 2) He has created us for a purpose (2 Timothy 1:9) not just to live for ourselves (Psalm 100:3). Therefore, it is safe to say His purpose for our lives would be linked to people or involve people in one way or another and being well or healthy puts us in a better position to serve this purpose.
Not to say someone cannot serve God when unwell but for example, if my diet were poor or unhealthy and do not engage in any physical activity, my body would be weak, lethargic; my mood would be low, and I would unlikely be motivated to do anything. Helping someone, talking to someone about Jesus or even reading the Bible would be the furthest thing from my mind. My physical, spiritual, mental and emotional state would all be affected. How then can I serve God’s purpose for my life this way? I could sit there and pray to God for strength etc but if I do not take the steps to make changes to my diet and lifestyle, it would all be in vain.
I hope you get the picture.
Beloved, I pray that in every way you may succeed and prosper and be in good health [physically], just as [I know] your soul prospers [spiritually]. 3 John 1:2 AMP
John’s prayer to the elder Gaius is my prayer for the body of Christ because we have work to do.
For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us]. Ephesians 2:10 AMP
Now that the foundation has been laid, we will look more closely at different aspects of healthy eating in upcoming posts.