Date: Friday, March 14
Scripture: 1 Timothy 5:23
Verse: No longer drink only water, but take a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments. (1 Timothy 5:23)
It may be difficult to imagine, but there was a time when cigarettes were endorsed by doctors and professional athletes (check out this photo essay from Time Magazine). Today we see almost no cigarette advertising, and certainly none featuring doctors, because we know the harm smoking can do.
Health advice changes over the years. Some things we were once told to never eat, we are now advised to take in moderation. Other things we were supposed to eat are now considered unhealthy. It can be quite confusing.
While I don’t think I would endorse Paul’s suggestion to help ease the frequent stomach issues of his younger protégé, it is notable that we have any health advice in our Bibles. Paul was concerned about Timothy’s health and in the middle of his letter sharing instructions for leading the church, Paul reminds Timothy to take care of himself. Maybe today he would advise Timothy go see a doctor and get checked out.
The larger point is that our health matters. Caring for our bodies helps us develop spiritually, and allows us to continue to serve in Jesus’ name. We need to keep our doctor’s appointments, take the medicines we have been prescribed, eat the right foods, get some exercise, and take care of the gift of our bodies.
Prayer: Teach me, O God, to serve you by taking care of my body. Amen.
Action: Take a step today toward more healthy living.
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