Our body is a temple, a sacred place,
A reflection of our inner grace.
We must nourish it with love and care,
And protect it from any wear and tear.

Exercise, nutrition, and rest,
Are the keys to feeling your best.
Stay active, eat well, and sleep right,
And your health will shine, bright as light.

Prevention is better than cure,
So make healthy habits a part of your lifestyle, for sure.
Take charge of your health, every day,
And live life to the fullest, in every way.

– Excerpt From “Health is a Treasure” by Oscar Auliq-Ice (powerpoetry.org user)

You’ve probably heard about The Affordable Health Care Act, but have you heard about The Avoidable Health-sCare Act? The former is a liberal policy enacted by a man who wants to harm you…the latter is a Christian ideology compacted by a gal who wants to help you (A.K.A. yours truly)!

As Oscar Auliq-Ice pointed out in his poem, exercise, nutrition, and rest are vital to good physical health. These three pillars are not only significant to the body, but to the spirit as well. The soma, soul, and spirit are all closely interconnected…what affects one will surely affect another. When we neglect our physical well-being, it can quickly spiral downward into a spiritual health-scare.

If one wished to avoid a spiritual health-scare, how would they act? In other words, what habits would they practice in order to keep their spirit in prime condition? The tips I have to share with you today are not new and groundbreaking, but they are indeed so elemental that we often fail to recognize their importance. Allow me to share with you three ways that you can employ The Avoidable Health-sCare Act. First, you must practice…

The slang term, “hangry”, is a blend of the two words “hungry” and “angry”. We’ve all probably experienced feelings of “hanger” before – it’s when we feel moody and irritable as a result of not eating.

Fueling our bodies with adequate, nourishing food is important in order to maintain good physical health…this we all know. But what we can fail to remember, is that how we manage our hunger is closely linked to how we manage our anger. We must be pro-active with our eating habits, so that we do not lash out at others as a result of our own neglect to simply eat!

For a man’s anger does not bring about the righteousness of God. – James 1:20

The “Hanger Management Act” looks like…

Make sure to manage your hanger, for an avoidable health-sCare act!

He causes the grass to grow for the cattle, and vegetation for the labor of mankind, so that they may produce food from the earth, and wine, which makes a human heart cheerful, so that he makes his face gleam with oil, and food, which sustains a human heart. – Psalms 104:14-15

Secondly, you must practice…

If you want to “keep calm“, you’ve got to “sleep calm“! We’ve all probably had one of those groggy days where we felt absolutely worthless, and had a worthless attitude to match.

It’s no secret that adequate sleep is crucial to physical health. But wait, there’s more! You guessed it, our sleeping habits also go a long way in positively impacting our spiritual health. Similarly to how hunger tempts anger, a lack of rest will disturb our inner peace, and prevent us from thinking clearly and coolly.

It is futile for you to rise up early, to stay up late, to eat the bread of painful labor; this is how He gives to His beloved sleep. – Psalms 127:2

The “Sleeping Calm Act” looks like…

Make sure to sleep calm, for an avoidable health-sCare act!

He lets me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul… Psalms 23:2-3b

Thirdly, you must practice…

The slang term, “sexercise”, is a blend of the words “sex” and “exercise”. (Note: it should go without saying, but this point is only applicable to married women). We’ve all probably heard this expression about a “Karen” (a real shrew of a woman): “boy, she needs to get laid”! And that isn’t far from the truth.

Daily exercise builds strong muscles; daily sexercise builds strong marriages. The more sex you give out to your husband, the more softhearted he is towards you. The more softhearted he is towards you, the more receptive you are to him. The more receptive you are to him, the more obedient you are to God. The more obedient you are to God, the more you are transformed into His perfect image. Hmm, there might be something to this “getting laid” business, after all!

The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband. For the wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. Likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. – 1 Corinthians 7:3-4

The “Daily Sexercise Act” looks like…

Make sure to get in your daily sexercise, for an avoidable health-sCare act!

Let her breasts satisfy you at all times; be exhilarated always with her love. – Proverbs 5:19b

In conclusion…

Want to avoid a spiritual health-scare? Then it’s time to employ The Avoidable Health-sCare Act

Proper nutrition, rest, and exercise are not only vital to the body, but they can go a long way in keeping your spirit in tip-top shape, too. The time to act is now!

For bodily training is slightly beneficial, but godliness is beneficial for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. – 1 Timothy 4:8

For God’s glory,
Mrs. Dustin Bolks

Chaste Bolks is a church of Christ preacher’s wife, and the home educating mother of two children. She and her family currently reside in Northwest Iowa.