How to keep your body and soul in good health

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. – Mark 12:30

Recent studies have shown that people who practice their faith regularly may be getting some health benefits: A study conducted by sociologists at Purdue University found that 4 percent of those who regularly attended religious services reported poor health, compared with 9 percent of those who did not attend a house of worship. And 36 percent of weekly worshippers reported they were in excellent health, compared with 26 percent of non-attenders.

So what makes the difference? Researchers aren’t sure, but they say the reason could be that people attending weekly services may be more likely to see friends who ask about their health and can recommend a doctor. But while that may be true, there’s most definitely something to be said for the healing benefits of connecting with God on a regular basis.

As a Christian, it’s very important to care for your physical body. In fact, the Bible is clear that your body is God’s temple (1 Corinthians 6:19). But one key aspect of that temple that much of modern medicine doesn’t take into account is that it’s not just physical, it’s spiritual as well.

You’re not just flesh and bone; you’re also very much soul and spirit. So when it comes to your health, focus on the physical, but don’t neglect your spiritual health as well. When your body and your soul are nourished appropriately, you can experience an overall health beyond what medicine can do alone!

Prayer Challenge

Ask God to help you nourish both your body and your spirit by staying physically and spiritually healthy!

Questions for thought

As you take care of your body each day, what are some ways you can incorporate spiritual care – through worship or prayer – into your daily routine?

When you get a checkup at the doctor’s office, they ask questions to gauge your physical health. What are some checkup questions you can ask yourself to determine your spiritual health?