Cheering On Your Health

Mother And Children Relaxing In Car During Road Trip

One of the things that I find fascinating is that I can always tell when my children are getting sick before they get sick. Their disposition may change, or they may even become a little cranky.

When an ailment finally takes over, because they feel terrible at the moment, it’s harder to get them to eat, sip water, or even take the medicine necessary to make them better gets a bit harder.

But if you’re familiar with children, you know their attitude will change if they are engaged in something they love. When they’re immersed in their tablets, watching their favorite television program, or listening to their favorite podcast, their noses are suddenly less stuffy, their heads hurt less, and food goes down a little easier. And while I am a believer in medicine doing what it was designed to do, I know that sometimes a different attitude can change how a person feels.

In 2021, I was struck with Bell’s palsy. Because doctors knew what I did for a living, they advised me to stop preaching; but I had another idea. Every Sabbath, I got up, happy to preach the word of God. I praised him for the healing that was coming, for the medication that would do its good work, and for the miracle He would perform in me. I was determined to be cheerful even in the midst of not feeling my best. It was through this mindset that I began to feel better

The Bible tells us in Proverbs 17:22 that “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” So, friends, I encourage you that whatever health challenge you’re facing, make it your business to change your attitude, and you very well may change your outcome.   


Debleaire Snell is the Speaker/Director of Breath of Life, and the senior pastor of the Oakwood University Seventh-day Adventist Church in Huntsville, Alabama.


All scriptural texts are taken from the King James Version unless otherwise indicated.


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