BY Berlie G. Yap
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples 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 bodies.” (1 Cor. 6:19-20, NKJV)
Why is that, there are folks that when they face troubles or problems, they soon abandon to attend their physical bodies! Here are the usual extreme opposites: there are those who cannot eat, or to simply lose their appetite, while on the other hand there are also those who over indulge to food, when they are beset with trials! Do you know anyone whom you can describe similar to such characteristics, or how about you?
At last, we will have our graduation day next week already, on March 28. Thus, I was compelled to go for a new haircut last Tuesday afternoon. Because I became busier the past weeks, I already grew my hairs for almost two months. I could not easily leave my work, and plus the traffic congestions in going to downtown, such temporary stopped me to promptly visit my barber. But sure I had to do it, because of the occasion next week.
Man! After my haircut I felt lighter, I even kind of feel lookin’ younger (whew!) and my hairs became manageable again. You know how guys are, they often do not care much of their hairs, especially when they are pretty occupied to their routines. Such was my recent situation. After my haircut, I was just reminded, by the Lord, to also attend my immediate appearance. St. Paul pounded in 1 Corinthians that our bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit.
Hence, our bodies ought to be attended as well, because they house the presence of God. Admittedly though, such passage above is not mostly or totally talking about our personal pampering to our bodies, but to live in godliness and holiness—as to offer our bodies to be living sacrifices for the almighty. Albeit, the former is as well included in the whole package.
For example—do not give attention to your regular meals, then you can develop stomach ulcers! Or the other way, carelessly eat what you can see and never employ self-discipline to your food intake, then you can also acquire sugar diabetes and other unnecessary ailments, eventually. The idea of a good and balanced diet is still the best.
I recently reduced my rice intake. In fact, I even have meal times where I totally escape rice, and I would instead eat more vegetables. I also have asked my wife to buy fruits, now and then. Yes, it is our bodies here which is literally at stake! To what we eat is what we can become. Let’s not also forget the extreme danger of alcohol and nicotine—let alone of illegal drugs. Keep away from them, that if you want to stay in shape.
Friends! Remember, nobody can love more of yourself but just you. Do not concede to recklessness, where one day you may just discover that you are in a total mess already, or even dying then. Life is beautiful! Celebrate such every day, by attending your body very well. How about a proper sleep? When we deprive ourselves to regular sleep, did you notice that, we cannot think very well! We even do become moody and harsh to others.
On the other hand, if we had a good sleep, definitely our following morning is a productive one. Water is also another important necessity for our bodies. I had a friend who passed away, almost two years ago. His doctor said that his kidneys had collapsed because he did not drink enough water daily. Plus, during his last remaining months, he was already under medication. Yes, he took his medicines, but did not drink water well daily. So, the dire consequence was: we lost him early.
Usually, it is the inexpensive commodities which we tend and fail to embrace in our day to day life. Think about it, we don’t buy sleep, potable water is plentiful in Zamboanga City, or personal attention to our bodies doesn’t take also much expenses. Nonetheless, we are willing to spend thousands of pesos to buy the latest model of cellphones, and etc. Something in such wise is indeed wrong!
Can you also agree, that the candid problem of the general population nowadays is the issue of their priorities in life? In my opinion such is indeed the real score to many people today. I read once that we only and usually realize the importance of someone, or something, when such is already gone. Again, all it takes is just a proper discipline and determination to arrange our priorities. Do not hesitate to discard that which is not so necessary, and also retain those which are important to you.
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