God's Prescription for Good Health: Generosity and Fun
By Rick Warren
— November 12, 2010
"These instructions are not mere words - they are your life! By obeying them you will enjoy a long life ..." Deuteronomy 32:47 (NLT)
Many people think the Bible is only filled with commands labeled "Thou shalt not..." They assume the Bible is all about restrictions and making you lead a boring life.
But God wants you to live a joy-filled, healthy life. The last two factors for good health that I want to share with you should put a smile on your face.
Giving generously is good for my health. Every time I'm generous, every time I'm giving, it improves my health. You know there are more promises in the Bible about giving than anything else because God wants you to be like him. God is a giver.
Everything you have is a gift from God. He's generous and he wants you to be generous too. The Bible says, "A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed" (Proverbs 11:25 NIV). Doesn't that verse just make you smile? There's a reason why it always feels good to help others, whether you're giving financially, giving materially, or giving of your time.
Having fun is good for your health. God tells us in his Word that life is meant to be enjoyed, not just endured. "A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones" (Proverbs 17:22 NIV). I like to put it this way, "He who laughs, lasts." Learn to laugh at yourself, put some play in every day, relax, chill out, have some fun.