Friday, October 8th, 2010
"You would have gouged out your eyes and given them to me" (Galatians 4:15)
Some of Jehovah's servants find themselves faced with the problems of ill health and aging that are common to sinful mankind. Reasonable concern about our health under such circumstances is natural and even beneficial. Do we not want to serve Jehovah 'with our whole strength'? (Mark 12:30) While seeking to remain reasonably healthy, however, we should be realistic and recognize that there is very little that we can do to slow down the aging process or avoid all diseases. Many faithful servants of Jehovah have had to contend with health problems. Epaphroditus was one of these. (Philippians 2:25-27) The apostle Paul's loyal companion Timothy had frequent bouts of stomach trouble for which Paul recommended the use of "a little wine." (1 Timothy 5:23) Paul himself had to deal with "a thorn in the flesh," perhaps for which there was no medical cure at that time.—2 Corinthians 12:7, Galatians 6:11.
(Watchtower issue: 11/15/08, 3:4, 5)