Hello everyone!

I am a firm believer that our God is concerned about our physical health. The Bible says it best in 3 John 2 which states, "Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well." In other words, God wants you and me to be physically fit, even as our soul is doing well. So today, I want to share three simple tips for taking care of our physical bodies.

1. Choose healthy food alternatives whenever feasible. When I can, I try to choose grilled over fried foods, and water over sodas. I also try to choose various fruits when snacking, instead of chips and candy bars. I just believe that God wants us to be good stewards of our physical bodies. In fact, the Bible states in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own. (20 )You were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body." We can honor God in our bodies by choosing healthy food alternatives whenever possible.

2. Go to annual doctor visits and routine check-ups. Make sure you go see your primary care doctor at least once a year for your annual physical. Don’t be afraid to schedule an appointment, whenever you’re not feeling well or something negative seems to be going on in your body. Refusing to seek medical attention for you or your child is not a demonstration of faith, but rather a display of foolish behavior. Jesus himself had a doctor among His twelve disciples and He encourages us to seek medical attention whenever necessary. In fact, Matthew 9:12 states, "On hearing this, Jesus said, it is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick." Going to see your doctor and following his or her instructions is a good way to stay healthy.

3. Be consistent in exercising. I have been told that a good goal to set for yourself is 150 minutes a week of moderate physical activity. This physical activity should increase your heart rate and breathing, while allowing you to hold a conversation with someone next to you. For those more advanced in your workout, 75 minutes of high intensity physical exercise a week should be sufficient. Also, according to www.kidshealth.org and other fitness publications, children should get at least 60 or more minutes of physical activity each day. Ephesians 5:29 states, "After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church." Physical exercise is a good way to care for your physical body.

Our physical well-being matters to God. He wants you and me to be physically fit, even as our souls are doing well. I want to encourage you to take a serious look at how you are taking care of your physical body. Ask yourself the following series of questions. Am I honoring God in the things I eat? Am I properly utilizing my healthcare? Am I getting enough physical exercise? I leave you with this final thought, "It is NOT God’s will for us to love Him with all our hearts but yet, neglect Him in our physical bodies!" Blessings!!!

Pastor Cornell Maltbia is senior pastor at True Holiness Saints Center in Conway. He serves on various nonprofit boards throughout his tenure of community service. For more information or to contact Maltbia, log onto trueholiness.net.