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people ignore and neglect their bodies until they lose their health.
Luke 2:52 reads, "Jesus increased in wisdom, and stature,
and in favor with God and man." If you were to take all the
different aspects and details of your life and categorize them,
I think everything would fall under one of six headings. They would
be classified as either your physical life, your spiritual life,
your family life, your financial life, your mental life, or your
notice that four of the six areas are mentioned in the above verse.
It says that Jesus increased in wisdom, that would be his mental
life; in stature, that would be the physical life; in favor with
God, that would be the spiritual life; and in favor with man, that
would be the social life. Verse 51 makes reference to his earthly
parents, that would be the family life. So, five of the six areas
are mentioned in these two verses. This leads me to believe that
Jesus Christ lived a balanced life. In other words, he gave the
proper attention to each of the six areas of life. His financial
life or work is not mentioned in this passage.
this book, I want to deal primarily with the physical life, or your
health. I believe you must feel good in order to do good. Listen
carefully to this statement, "You must feel good, in order
to do good." I want you to notice that these six
areas of life are intertwined. If anything is out of balance, it
affects all the other areas. I’m sure that you have noticed that
when you buy a new set of tires, before they are actually mounted
on the car, they are put on a machine that will balance them. They
balance them so the tires will roll smoothly. Now, what happens
if you do not balance the tires? Well, almost all new tires are
out of balance because they are not perfect. If you do not balance
them they will vibrate, damage the front end, wear unevenly, cause
a bumpy ride, and wear out too soon. The same thing will happen
in your life. If your life gets out of balance and you neglect
one of these six areas, guess what? You are going to have a bumpy
ride. You are going to wear unevenly, and wear out long before
you should. So, remember, when you get out of balance, you are
headed for big trouble.
Health Affects All areas of Life.
is clear that we need to give the proper attention to all six areas.
We especially need to give the proper attention to our physical
life because you must feel good in order to do good. If
your health fails, that spills over into all other areas of your
life. If you get a disease, have an accident, or are laid up in
the hospital, any of these will greatly affect your spiritual life.
It also affects your family; they suffer too. Disease, accidents,
or a long hospital stay can shut down your finances, and you can
use a lifetime of savings in just a very short time. It can affect
your mental life. People have nervous and mental breakdowns because
of health problems. It interferes with your social life. In other
words, if you neglect your health, it can have a very negative effect
on all other areas of your life.
we see that there is an overlapping and intertwining of these six
areas. You must give attention to all six areas. You cannot be
lazy and say, “Well I'm going to give attention to my spiritual
life, but I'm not going to worry about my health and family.” Or,
“I'm going to give attention to my finances and I'm going to get
rich. I won’t worry about my health.” I know people that have
gotten rich and have lost their health, their spiritual life, and
their family in the process. They lost their health to gain their
wealth and spent their wealth trying to regain their health. You
must give the proper attention to all six areas of life.
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