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My Poor Poor Health

Derrick DancerIs there anybody else besides me growing weary of hearing folks complaining about their health? God help me, I believe it would be different - at least for me - if there wasn't anything most folks could do or could have done to avoid being in a position to have something to complain about in the first place.

The Bible instructs that "physical exercise" is profitable, albeit less profitable than the Spiritual form, but that's the subject of another writing. My focus in sharing with you today is how unnecessarily complicated we are making this issue of ill health; especially in the African American community, there are really just too many of us being distracted from God's best for our lives due to health challenges.

I find it quite interesting that the opposite of poor as defined in most dictionaries is not rich, but privileged (meaning advantaged, favored, honored and fortunate). We go to church two, three times a week shouting and singing and praising God that we are "highly favored" and "blessed of the Lord, but at the same time find it difficult to stand and clap our hands for the full duration of the praise and worship service.

Alright enough of my complaining; where do we find the answer? Why in the Word of God of course! The concept and principle of "wellness" - The condition of good physical and mental health, especially when maintained by proper diet, exercise, and habits - are foundational to God's inherent design for us. The roots for such conviction are found in the familiar passage of scripture "Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in every way and [that your body] may keep well, even as [I know] your soul keeps well and prospers". 3 John 1:2 (Amplified Bible)

So the "our part" is that we get our thoughts and feelings (the soul) in line with God's instruction for success in this area as is seen in the above inspired writing from the apostle John. He - God, says that if we would pray, meditate and focus to overcome our objection and indifference to proper diet, exercise, and good habits as the solution to ill health, we may indeed "keep well" by finding that the doing (the strength and diligence to do the physical stuff) is something He's already made a way for.

If you're not active exercise wise, remember to start slow and build from where you are; and see a doctor first if you have any level of a health challenge.

Well that's my time for this time; if this subject interests you, please join me next time when I'll share more regarding the awesome benefits of getting and being fit God's way!

[Derrick is a licensed & ordained minister and graduate of Azusa World Ministry's Ministry Training Institute, as well as an AMF Certified Fitness Trainer & Sports Nutritionist, and owner of His Cross Training Fitness. You can contact him at (626) 524-5125 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .]


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