The human body is a very versatile, adaptable, durable, intricate, and highly developed creation, made to encase the yet more beautiful and durable spirit inside. The apostle Paul called your body the “temple of God,”1 and so it is.

You have a part to play in keeping your body strong and healthy. The biblical principle that you reap what you sow very much applies to your health. It’s easy when you’re young to dismiss this fact, to feel that it isn’t really important to take care of yourself. You may be able to get by for a time with that attitude without feeling its effects, but sooner or later, there is always a price to pay for such neglect. Those who are wise strive to stay in optimum health and give their body the best care they can, so it will run well and last as long as possible.

As I told My first disciples, “I came so that everyone would have life, and have it in its fullest.”2 Part of the fullness I want you to have is the blessing of a strong, healthy body. It is a gift, but it also requires your cooperation to maintain your body, mind, and spirit in good health.

  1. 1 Corinthians 3:16
  2. John 10:10 CEV