November 4

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Three Essentials for A Healthy You

By Craig Smith

November 4, 2020


Finding the Sunlight, Water, and Soil for Your Soul.

On a walk one evening, I noticed a large tree towering over others about 25 yards into a wooded area. After a closer look I realized it was a large Red Oak tree probably more than seventy-five years old. One thing is certain it has withstood droughts, storms, diseases, firewood cuttings, and many more for decades.

For me there is something stately about large old trees. They represent strength, endurance, and a sense of permanence.

For a tree to grow strong and tall, it requires three basic things: sunlight, water, and soil. If those three are present in balanced quantity and quality, they will produce a large, healthy, stately old tree. One which will help provide clean air, purer water, and better soil. For decades it will provide a sanctuary among its limbs and branches for birds and squirrels to nest. It will offer protection and covering for other animals, insects, and even humans. Not to mention the incredible offering of beauty and ambiance to the landscape hosting the tree’s long life.

When sunlight, water, and soil become imbalanced, the tree will become vulnerable to diseases, have hindered growth, and be susceptible to a shorter lifespan.

Honestly, people are like a tree in needing three basic essentials for a strong, healthy, enduring, and purposeful life. Life without an equal and healthy balance of three essentials results in a lesser quality of life.

I’m not talking about our physical selves, though science has linked depression and stress to physical decline. I am referring to our souls. Our architect has placed the need of his presence for our emotional health in our design. He first has to be invited in to get the life he intended properly started. Once genuine life is generated as he originally engineered, then three balanced essentials are regularly needed for the healthy growth of our spiritual and emotional selves.

The Sunlight, Water, and Soil for Your Soul

What are these special nutrients that are so essential for your continued strength and endurance? They are: the Word, Prayer, and Biblical Fellowship. While being simple and familiar to most, they have unfortunately been neglected by many. The neglect in these essentials always results in a downward spiral of strength and stamina. Those who write them off as non-essential in our modern world will eventually experience a decline in spiritual and emotional health. However, those who give intention and consistency to these three essentials will find themselves with an inward peace and confidence.

The Word

Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. – Psalm 119:105.

The Word is the Bible, which produces light and life in us. You cannot simply own a Bible to display on a bookshelf or coffee table; you must read it and study it. When you are sick and your doctor prescribes an antibiotic, it will not help you by sitting on your countertop; you have to take it in. The Bible is the same, you have to pick it up and take it in. You will soon find yourself sifting through the pages in anticipation of finding a new gem for yourself. You will soon see its abundant, life-giving qualities and truths.

Prayer

Pray constantly. – 1 Thessalonians 5:17.

This may be the more challenging of the three. The Bible is packed with the words pray and prayers. Every one of God’s people prayed, and most prayed frequently. Certainly, Jesus modelled a life filled with prayer. If we want to be followers of Jesus Christ, we have to embrace prayer as an important part of our lives. Bible reading is easier to understand and more tangible, but prayer inches into that non-tangible mystical realm. If you think of it as having a conversation with God, then praying will become much easier to understand. And, a good conversation with someone always involves time, listening, patience, as well as talking (maybe before talking).

Jesus gave us an incredible model and outline to use during prayer; you can find it in the Bible in Matthew 6:9-13.

Biblical Fellowship

All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship… – Acts 2:42.

Family and friends are intended to be enjoyed and appreciated. However, there is a depth of community in the family of God that is unequalled by any organization. When properly practiced, biblical fellowship produces a bond of devotion and trust; which provides you with a safe place, and an encouraging spiritual home. Genuine Christianity is designed to be a shared life with one another around Christ our perfect and certain hope.

-Craig Smith

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