“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19,20).

According to my doctor friend, each of us has a huge part in how well our body works and how long it lasts.

God is really interested in our bodies. They are precious gifts. If we are not healthy, it is hard to serve God and take care of our families.

To honor God with the body means to keep it working well for as long as we can. Doctors believe that choices we make add or subtract as much as 15 years to or from our life expectancy. What you choose to do or not do means your time on earth will be lengthened orshortened.

Here are some wise choices we can make to live longer and healthier lives.

Choose not to smoke. Statistics say that one pack of cigarettes per day takes seven years off the lifespan of an average person. Seventy percent of pack-a-day smokers die suddenly from heart attacks.

Keep healthy by eating the kinds of fats and oils that are liquids at room temperature, like olive oil instead of butter.

Exercise at least three times a week for 30 minutes per session. Work until you are perspiring. This keeps your heart healthy and your weight at a good level.

Good health makes it fun to live a long life, raise children and serve God.

Kimberly Snider is a missionary to the Philippines.

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