January 20 – Best Year Yet – Healthy Habits

Read 1 Corinthians 6:12

A habit is something we do often and regularly (Collins dictionary). As a college instructor, I teach mostly health classes. I try to convince my students that developing healthy habits would be one of the best things they can do – spiritually, physically and emotionally.

Many students work to develop healthy daily habits such as sleep, a positive attitude, eating a variety of foods, relax, exercise, staying hydrated and having a quiet time to grow spiritually. I suggest reading the Bible.

But many of my students neglect the healthy habit of getting enough rest. They probably know the value of sleep, but it is not a high priority.

Adequate sleep promotes physical recovery and aspects of memory and learning. This is when the brain consolidates information from the previous day so that it can be stored in your long-term memory. (National Sleep Foundation).

Jesus modeled the perfect balance between rest and alertness. Trusting calmly in the protection and provision of His Father, Jesus slept peacefully in the bow of a ship during a raging tempest.

“One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.”. Luke 8:22-23 (NIV)

Like Jesus, we should try to never lose sleep because of worry, fear, loneliness, anxiety, relational tensions, or tasks left undone. Based on His unmerited favor, God does for us what we cannot do for ourselves as we sleep. He provides for our needs and protects us from harm’s way.

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”. 1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)

“I cast all my cares upon You
I lay all of my burdens down at your feet,
And anytime I don’t know what to do
I will cast all my cares upon You.”

(a song written in 1978 by Kelly Willard)

https://youtu.be/b_ecHXC8lic

“In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.”. Psalm 4:8

By making adequate sleep a priority, we can wake up refreshed and hopefully better fulfill God’s purposes in our lives.

Tom Weckesser

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