When does attending to one's health cross the line from stewardship to idolatry?
Stewardship means to manage, care for or protect something considered worth caring for.
Idolatry means to worship, look up to or place something on a pedestal. To idolize is to give blind adoration or an inordinate devotion to something.
If you, or someone you know, has crossed the line between the two, there are a couple of things to remember.
First, we are not our bodies. Granted, our culture exerts a tremendous influence with its devotion to appearance and image. But this earth suit we occupy isn't us.
Second, even those with perfect health, will eventually die. The medical community is famous for viewing death as the enemy, often trading quantity of life for quality of life.
Let's attend to our health only to the degree that it will permit us to live life to the full.
Bill Esteb has been a chiropractic patient and advocate since 1981. He is the creative director of Patient Media and the co-founder of Perfect Patients. He’s been a regular speaker at chiropractic gatherings since 1985. His 12 books explore the doctor/patient relationship from a patient's point of view. His chiropractic blog, in-office consultations, patient focus groups and consulting calls have helped hundreds of chiropractors around the world. Since 1999 Monday Morning Motivation has been emailed to over 10,000 subscribers each week.