What Moses Can Teach Us About Making Healthy Choices

As I began my own journey toward health, I found myself particularly interested in the life of Moses. Moses was the leader of over a million people. He lived a life of vision and momentum, leaving a legacy that still lives on thousands of years after his death. He was a guy intent on walking in the fullness of life God wanted to give him. And choosing to take responsibility for his health enabled him to do just that. Look how he is described at the end of his life:

“Moses was 120 years old when he died, yet his eyesight was clear, and he was strong as ever” (Deut. 34:7).

Moses was as strong as ever at 120 years old, while most of us feel the wear and tear of age by our early forties, if not before. Sure, we live in a different time than Moses did, but we can draw some pretty accurate conclusions about how he took care of himself from what Scripture tells us about his lifestyle. We know he stayed active by walking a lot (as documented throughout Exodus), he ate only the portion of food provided for him each day (Exod. 16:4), and he communed intimately with God (Exod. 33:11).

Engaging in this way of life means adopting a lifestyle of complete health--one that honors God and God can honor in return. Click To Tweet

I want to live a long life. I want to be at least one hundred years old, just like Moses. But I don’t want to live my later years being sick, lost in dementia, and dependent on someone else until my last day. I want to be in good physical health, of sound mind, and able to make a positive difference with my life for as long as possible. Just like Moses, I want to honor God with the health choices I make so I can experience all God has for me. How about you?

Engaging in this way of life means adopting a lifestyle of complete health–one that honors God and God can honor in return. It means sowing good seeds so you can reap good results. To get there, you have to focus on making ongoing adjustments in four specific areas:

  • physical health
  • spiritual health
  • emotional health
  • mental health

Just imagine what life would look like if you were living up to your full potential in each of these areas. How would you feel? What would you do? Whom would you influence?

– Nelson Searcy and Jennifer Dykes Henson

The above excerpt is from p. 35-37 of The New You: A Guide to Better Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual Wellness.

With your copy of The New You, you will come away with specific strategies on how to lose weight, get more sleep, lower stress, nurture better relationships, connect with God and much more! Anyone who wants to trade in the frustration of average living and less-than health for the hallmarks of the new life God promises will find The New You an effective personal guide for the journey.

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About Nelson Searcy

Nelson Searcy is an experienced church planter, coach and church growth strategist, working with churches in over 45 denominations. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in San Francisco and Boca Raton, FL. He first developed the Assimilation System 10 years ago at the Journey Church and has since implemented and improved these strategies with over 3,000 churches across all sizes and denominations. He started coaching pastors in 2006 and has personally coached over 2100+ senior pastors, helping them break common growth barriers like 125, 250, 500, 1000 and beyond, all while maintaining personal life and ministry balance. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has trained more than 50,000 church leaders (3,000+ church planters). He is the author of over 85 church growth resources and 17+ books, including Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests Into Fully-Engaged Members of Your Church and The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life and Ministry. His continued mission is to help church leaders around the world cooperate with God in creating healthy, thriving churches. Nelson is married to Kelley and together they have one son, Alexander.

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