When you think about ways to improve health does your thinking default to nutrition and exercise? What if something that has nothing to do with either of those, is already impacting your health, for better or worse?
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“Most people wander aimlessly through life, but I’m not one of them.” If you agree with this statement, and some others like it, researchers at Carleton University, Ottawa Canada say that your chance of being alive 14 years from now, goes up by 15%. (1)
Furthermore, it didn’t matter how old the participants were. All age groups experienced the same benefit.
Maybe it’s time to give some thought to your sense of purpose. It can make a dramatic difference in your longevity and overall well-being.
In this post you’ll learn:
- Why having a sense of purpose is such a powerful health enhancer.
- How to find your purpose
- How to test your activities to see if they align with your purpose
The bible tells us to “guard your heart” Why? Because it’s ready to sin on a moments notice? No!.. Because our hearts are where we find real life. (Proverbs 4:23) So, we should treat our hearts like we would a treasure, or our most precious possession. When we do, it’s life giving.
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We must hang on to this truth because it has huge implications for our health. Most of us are familiar with Proverbs 4:23 above. But, many are not as familiar with the couple of verses that precede that statement. They have everything to do with our physical health.
We are instructed:
“My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your sight; Keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life to those who find them And health to all their body.” (Proverbs 4:20-22)
If we are to expect physical health, and vitality, we’ve got to get this spiritual concept right. It’s a matter of having an accurate self image. We must see ourselves as God sees us. When we do, we’ll be in much better positions to maintain, or even recover our health.
Good heart health means believing when God looks into our hearts, he doesn’t see darkness and sin. He sees the women and men we are capable of becoming in him. He sees our true glory. We must see ourselves this way as well, free from any form or self-condemnation, or self-deprecation.