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Devotional for Men – Healthy Through and Through – Part 8 – Concluding Bible Study

Here’s the last of an eight-part devotional for men based upon my chapter on health in Coach Joe Gibbs best-selling book, Gameplan for Life, was featured by the Men of Integrity ministry of Christianity Today. I hope you enjoy the series. Here’s Part 8 of 8:

THE SERIES’ THEME: Healthy Through and Through. What does it mean to be a truly healthy man of God?

CONCLUDING BIBLE STUDY

“Your spiritual wheel must be seen as the most crucial one, because good physical, emotional, and relational health alone will not make you a highly healthy person,” says Dr. Walt Larimore in Part 6’s reading. “Spiritual well-being has to be a consistent priority.” This week’s passage offers insights into cultivating a spiritually healthy life, and it also demonstrates the correlation between our spiritual health and our physical and emotional well-being.

KEY STUDY PASSAGE: Psalm 32

What positive emotion is mentioned in verses 1 and 2? According to these two verses, what must be done to experience this emotion? (See also v. 5; Rom. 4:4-8; 1 John 1:9.)

According to verses 3 and 4, what negative impact can unconfessed sin have on physical and even emotional health? Give some examples you’ve seen of sin’s negative impact on physical and emotional health?

What advice does verse 6 give to the godly? When it comes to seeking God’s forgiveness, why is it not wise to drag our feet?

According to verses 7, 8, and 10, what are the benefits of seeking God?

According to verse 11, how should the obedient and pure of heart respond to God?

SPEND TIME IN PRAYER:

Confess any sins that may be hurting your spiritual health; remain silent for a few minutes, letting God “speak” to you about any changes you may need to make so that you can become more spiritually healthy.

Psalm 32

A psalm of David.

  1. Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight!
  2. Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty!
  3. When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long.
  4. Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.
  5. Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess  my rebellion to the Lord.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.
  6. Therefore, let all the godly pray to you while there is still time, that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgment.
  7. For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory.
  8. The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.
  9. Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.”
  10. Many sorrows come to the wicked, but unfailing love surrounds those who trust the Lord.
  11. So rejoice in the Lord and be glad, all you who obey him! Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure!

You can learn more about these principles in my book, 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People: Becoming and staying highly healthy. Autographed copies are available here.

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Devotional for Men – Healthy Through and Through – Part 7 – Examine Your Wheels

Here’s the seventh of an eight-part devotional for men based upon my chapter on health in Coach Joe Gibbs best-selling book, Gameplan for Life , was featured by the Men of Integrity ministry of Christianity Today. I hope you enjoy the series. Here’s Part 7 of 8:

THE SERIES’ THEME: Healthy Through and Through. What does it mean to be a truly healthy man of God?

EXAMINE YOUR WHEELS

KEY BIBLE VERSE: No matter how much you want, laziness won’t help a bit, but hard work will reward you with more than enough. (Proverbs 13:4) Dig Deeper: Proverbs 20:4; James 1:2-4

One day, my wife, Barb, pointed out a nail in one of our car tires. All I could see was the head of the nail. No air was escaping, and we didn’t have time to get it fixed, so I said, “Honey, I think we can keep going.”

About 20 miles later, the tire blew. How I wished I’d heeded her warning and taken the time to repair the tire before it went flat.

Your four health wheels have many miles to travel. To become a highly healthy person, you’ll need to understand each wheel and take responsibility for your overall health.

I must warn you, though. It’s hard work. It takes time. Think about how complex your car is. It requires regular checkups and preventive maintenance. When it malfunctions, it often requires a professional’s care. Your body is hundreds of times more complex than any machine, and it requires even more special care.

Following God’s plan for being highly healthy may mean controlling your temper, eating better, exercising more, spending time in prayer, developing friendships, spending more time with your kids, or investing in your marriage. Becoming highly healthy requires a tough, honest assessment of your weaknesses, and then courage and a commitment to take action.

MY RESPONSE: I will write down two or three health-related areas I need to work on:

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THOUGHT TO APPLY: Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, and values are in balance.—Brian Tracy (speaker, writer)

I’ve created an assessment tool you can use, for free, to measure your four wheels of health. You can access and download it from here.

You can also learn more about these principles in my book, 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People: Becoming and staying highly healthy. Autographed copies are available here.

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THE SERIES’ THEME: Healthy Through and Through. What does it mean to be a truly healthy man of God?
EXAMINE YOUR WHEELS
KEY BIBLE VERSE: No matter how much you want, laziness won’t help a bit, but hard work will reward you with more than enough. (Proverbs 13:4 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs%2013:4&version=NIV ) Dig Deeper: Proverbs 20:4 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs%2020:4&version=NIV ; James 1:2-4 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=James%201:2-4&version=NIV
One day, my wife, Barb, pointed out a nail in one of our car tires. All I could see was the head of the nail. No air was escaping, and we didn’t have time to get it fixed, so I said, “Honey, I think we can keep going.”
About 20 miles later, the tire blew. How I wished I’d heeded her warning and taken the time to repair the tire before it went flat.
Your four health wheels have many miles to travel. To become a highly healthy person, you’ll need to understand each wheel and take responsibility for your overall health.
I must warn you, though. It’s hard work. It takes time. Think about how complex your car is. It requires regular checkups and preventive maintenance. When it malfunctions, it often requires a professional’s care. Your body is hundreds of times more complex than any machine, and it requires even more special care.
Following God’s plan for being highly healthy may mean controlling your temper, eating better, exercising more, spending time in prayer, developing friendships, spending more time with your kids, or investing in your marriage. Becoming highly healthy requires a tough, honest assessment of your weaknesses, and then courage and a commitment to take action.
—Walt Larimore in Game Plan for Life http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1414329792/christianitytoday
MY RESPONSE: I will write down two or three health-related areas I need to work on:
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THOUGHT TO APPLY: Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, and values are in balance.—Brian Tracy (speaker, writer)
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Devotional for Men – Healthy Through and Through – Part 6 – The Spiritual Wheel of Health

Here’s the sixth of an eight-part devotional for men based upon my chapter on health in Coach Joe Gibbs best-selling book, Gameplan for Life. The devotional was featured by the Men of Integrity ministry of Christianity Today. I hope you enjoy the series. Here’s Part 6 of 8

THE SERIES’ THEME: Healthy Through and Through. What does it mean to be a truly healthy man of God?

THE SPIRITUAL WHEEL

KEY BIBLE VERSE: “The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” (John 10:10) Dig Deeper: Psalm 32

What does it mean to be in a state of maximum well-being as we relate to our Creator? Obviously, for us to be spiritually healthy, any break in our relationship with God must be prevented or treated.

Your spiritual wheel must be seen as the most crucial one, because good physical, emotional, and relational health alone will not make you a highly healthy person. Spiritual well-being has to be a consistent priority.

In the New Testament, the apostle Paul instructs his young disciple Timothy about this very thing: “‘Physical training [the physical health wheel] is good, but training for godliness [the spiritual health wheel] is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.’ This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it” (1 Tim. 4:8-9).

Can you see the value of learning to view your physical, emotional, and relational health as secondary to your spiritual health?

Though we’re not promised a perfectly healthy physical life, the Bible does promise abundant life to those who have a vital relationship with God. An abundant life is one that will be full and meaningful—infused with purpose, contentment, and joy.

My Response: What changes might I need to make in order to be more spiritually healthy?

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THOUGHT TO APPLY: A bodily disease which we look upon as whole and entire within itself, may, after all, be but a symptom of some ailment in the spiritual part.—Nathaniel Hawthorne(writer)

You can learn more about this principle in my book, 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People: Becoming and staying highly healthy. Autographed copies are available here.

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Devotional for Men – Healthy Through and Through – Part 5 – The Relational Wheel of Health

Devotional for Men – Healthy Through and Through – Part 1 – IntroductioHere’s the fifth of an eight-part devotional for men based upon my chapter on health in Coach Joe Gibbs best-selling book, Gameplan for Life. The devotional was featured by the Men of Integrity ministry of Christianity Today. I hope you enjoy the series. Here’s Part 5 of 8:

Here’s the fifth of an eight-part devotional for men based upon my chapter on health in Coach Joe Gibbs best-selling book, Gameplan for Life. The devotional was featured by the Men of Integrity ministry of Christianity Today. I hope you enjoy the series. Here’s Part 5 of 8:

THE SERIES’ THEME: Healthy Through and Through. What does it mean to be a truly healthy man of God?

THE RELATIONAL WHEEL

KEY BIBLE VERSES: Be gentle, kind, humble, meek, and patient. Put up with each other, and forgive anyone who does you wrong, just as Christ has forgiven you. (Colossians 3:12-13) Dig Deeper: Colossians 3:14-15

We’re socially healthy if we’re succeeding in all our relationships—those with family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, the members of our church, everybody. Does that mean living without any conflict? Absolutely not! We’re talking about human beings, after all. But we can help prevent and even treat injured relationships—that’s part of being highly healthy.

A pastor I know had a spiritual wheel that seemed intact, but he was a physical and emotional mess. As his doctor, I spent many months trying to help him balance his physical and emotional wheels. But no matter what I did for him medically, he always came to my office completely out of balance.

I finally realized that his real problem stemmed not from physical or emotional disease, but rather from a series of broken relationships—beginning with his own dad.

Only after he agreed to work on mending his relationships, with the help of a Christian psychologist and a support group, could the other parts of his life become balanced.

As his relational wheel came into balance, he began to experience a smoother ride, both physically and emotionally.

My Response: Are there changes I need to make so that my relationships are healthier, more God-honoring?

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THOUGHT TO APPLY: The concept of total wellness recognizes that our every thought, word, and behavior affects our greater health and well-being. And we, in turn, are affected not only emotionally but also physically and spiritually.—Greg Anderson (writer, wellness expert)

I have a free assessment tool that can help you evaluate your four wheels of health. You can take it now, or at the end of this devotional series. You can download it for free here.

You can also learn more about this principle in my book, 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People: Becoming and staying highly healthy. Autographed copies are available here.

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Devotional for Men – Healthy Through and Through – Part 4 – The Emotional Wheel of Health

Here’s the fourth of an eight-part devotional for men based upon my chapter on health in Coach Joe Gibbs best-selling book, Gameplan for Life. The devotional was featured by the Men of Integrity ministry of Christianity Today. I hope you enjoy the series. Here’s Part 4 of 8:

THE SERIES’ THEME: Healthy Through and Through. What does it mean to be a truly healthy man of God?

THE EMOTIONAL WHEEL

KEY BIBLE VERSE: A cheerful disposition is good for your health; gloom and doom leave you bone-tired. (Proverbs 17:22, The Message) Dig Deeper: Proverbs 14:30, 15:13

My friend Ben is a model of emotional health. For years, I’ve watched him handle whatever life throws at him. He doesn’t pretend things are better than they are, nor does he treat the inevitable letdowns of human existence as catastrophes.

Ben is comfortable with his own emotions, neither running from nor chasing down the lows and highs along his journey. Now in his 40s, Ben is one of the most authentic people I’ve ever known. His willingness to lean into and experience the rich scope of emotion inspires me to do the same, even when it’s uncomfortable.

Being mentally healthy requires healthy brain function. Charles, a former patient of mine, lives with a severe, inherited form of chemical depression. This dysfunction, if untreated, throws his physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual wheels out of balance.

At his worst, Charles loses his appetite, motivation, and concentration. But by taking a prescribed medication, eating right, exercising, and proactively balancing his other wheels, Charles has been able to dramatically decrease the impact that his depression would otherwise have on his mental and emotional health.

MY RESPONSE: What lessons about caring for my emotional health could I take from Ben? From Charles?

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THOUGHT TO APPLY: Cheerfulness, sir, is the principle ingredient in the composition of health.—Arthur Murphy (Irish actor, writer)

I have a free assessment tool that can help you evaluate your four wheels of health. You can take it now, or at the end of this devotional series. You can download it for free here.

You can learn more about this principle in my book, 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People: Becoming and staying highly healthy. Autographed copies are available here.

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Devotional for Men – Healthy Through and Through – Part 3 – The Physical Wheel of Health

Here’s the third of an eight-part devotional for men based upon my chapter on health in Coach Joe Gibbs best-selling book, Gameplan for Life. The devotional was featured by the Men of Integrity ministry of Christianity Today. I hope you enjoy the series. Here’s Part 3 of 8:

THE PHYSICAL WHEEL

THE SERIES’ THEME: Healthy Through and Through. What does it mean to be a truly healthy man of God?

KEY BIBLE VERSE: You surely know that your body is a temple where the Holy Spirit lives. (1 Corinthians 6:19, CEV) Dig Deeper: Proverbs 3:7-8

When NASCAR racing teams prepare for a race, they put the cars through a series of tests to check out all the systems in these expensive machines. Such tests are designed to either prevent problems before they happen, or find them early, when they are far less expensive to fix.

Though the cost to build the best race cars is well into six figures—not to mention the millions of dollars it takes annually to staff and support a team—your body is far more valuable than any automobile. Why wouldn’t you want to treat it with just as much care and respect as NASCAR mechanics and technicians lavish on [their] cars? To take care of your “temple” means seeing a doctor regularly—not only in an emergency or when your wife begs you or when you’re forced to in order to buy an insurance policy.

When a disease or disorder proves incurable, physical health involves learning to cope and adapt. Can you see why the physical wheel may actually be the least important? With good emotional, relational, and spiritual health, a person can still be highly healthy, even though his or her body may not be “whole.”

MY RESPONSE: To do a better job at taking care of my physical health, I would be wise to make the following changes:

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PRAYER FOR THE SERIES: Dear Creator-God, show me what I need to do or change to be a truly healthy man of God; guide me as I strive to care for my physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual health.

I have a free assessment tool that can help you evaluate your four wheels of health. You can take it now, or at the end of this devotional series. You can download it for free here.

You can learn also more about this principle in my book, 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People: Becoming and staying highly healthy. Autographed copies are available here.

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Adapted from Game Plan for Life (Tyndale, 2009) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.