A guest post written by Kathy Schofield
Do you consult a doctor, take a pill, go online for information on symptoms and disease, read books about gratitude or laughter and how these contribute to health, or think about spirituality, God, and prayer? All these are instances of taking part in your health.
For me, when I think about health and its joys and challenges, I ask myself, “Am I rejoicing and also meeting health problems head on with enthusiasm and confidence?”
I am a lifelong Christian Scientist and turn to prayer and the spiritual truths in the Bible and Mary Baker Eddy’s book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, to address health issues. In the Bible, God says, “My son, attend to my words…for they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.” And Eddy states in her book, “To ignore God as of little use in sickness is a mistake. Instead of thrusting Him aside in times of bodily trouble, and waiting for the hour of strength in which to acknowledge Him, we should learn that He can do all things for us in sickness as in health.”
When my girls were younger and health issues challenged us, we immediately prayed, looked up references about health and healing, in the two aforementioned books, and turned wholeheartedly to divine Mind – one of Eddy’s synonyms for God – with absolute trust in God’s power. We had wonderful healings of sports injuries and also childhood diseases – chicken pox, fevers, and earaches. The health of my children was assured because we ourselves were sure that God was truly aware of his children as spiritual beings.
However, I am keenly aware that sometimes I take God’s care for me and my family for granted, without considering my part in the activity of daily health-care from a spiritual standpoint. Christ Jesus went up in the mountains to pray. He wasn’t just blithely handed the authority to heal, he had to think about it, pray about it, and practice it – it was not easy. He was bombarded by all the physical sense evidence of disease, but dedication, devotion, and absolute trust in God saw him through every untoward situation, even death. I realized that I wasn’t always holding up my end of the bargain with that same absolute trust. I was “going along” and praying, but waiting it out, which is not the practice of spiritual healing. Realizing this was an eye-opener!
Whatever method one chooses to help them with health-care issues, one needs to take some action. Something is needed on our part.
For me, I know that God doesn’t need me to do the healing, but in order to see healing effects and experience a healthy lifestyle, I do need to daily acknowledge His power, presence, and divine laws, which are always in operation. I believe it is my job to claim my health through prayer.
This is doing my part for my health.