Most of us have heard the old saying, “If I had known I would have lived this long, I would have taken better care of myself”. In order to help stem the ever increasing cost of health care among the elderly, health care providers and insurers are advocating preventive measures such as annual checkups, exercise and proper diets to help keep us healthy. This is no guarantee that we will never get sick or develop some serious illness when we age; however, it is a proven fact that if we take care of ourselves and avoid certain lifestyles especially when younger, we could enjoy a much healthier old age. But, more importantly, even when our physical bodies decline with age, our spiritual health should with proper care, be getting stronger over time. The Apostle Paul tells us “For bodily exercise profits little; but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come” (1 Timothy 4:8). Peter also gives us some good preventive measures to keep us spiritually strong “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and bound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ”. (2 Peter 1: 5-8). This does not mean that we will never sin (1 John 1: 8, 10) but, it will provide us with the necessary spiritual strength to resist and overcome the temptations we face daily in this life.
By: Jerry L. Jacques