“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” (3 John 1:2, New King James translation)
This statement is made by the Apostle John in his opening salutations in the letter he writes to his dear friend Gaius. The New International Bible translation says “…..be in good health…..”. When referring to health in this context both physical and mental health is implied, in other words it is important to have good physical and mental health just as much as it is important to have good spiritual health.
As Apostle John prayed this prayer for his friend it is a prayer that can be echoed and prayed over God’s people. “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.”
There is no secret around the importance of having good physical and mental health. All around us in our society today we are encouraged to move our bodies (exercise), eat the right foods (balanced diet) and the all-important drinking enough water.
All of this is encouraged as a way of getting us to be in good health and where possible avoid disease and sickness.
In recent times as a fellowship, we have had the privilege of having two Health Awareness Days led and facilitated by Dr Cheryl Clarke. Incorporated into these days were seminars that discussed the importance of good physical and mental health. The church family were encouraged to take steps towards being in good health.
As disciples of Jesus Christ, we are called to share the Gospel (The Good News of Jesus Christ) here on earth whether in our homes, work places, schools, colleges, communities in fact wherever God has placed us. In fulfilling this mandate, we want to aim to be as healthy as we can be by doing our part. With that in mind let’s look at us striving towards having good physical health through healthy eating.
How many of us know the benefits of eating fruit and vegetables and having them incorporated into our everyday meals? but how many of us get stuck when making this become a reality. Need some inspiration? Let’s get started with vegetables.
Here are a few recipes where vegetables take centre stage.
Disclaimer – There are several ways that the dishes can be cooked. These recipes are intended as a guideline. Please feel free to add or take away ingredients in accordance with individual taste preference or dietary needs.