I was talking to a colleague one day. I had realised that she was so keen on what she ate. She was keen to eat healthy diets. I found it ironical though that she was a heavy smoker. I gathered some courage and decided to ‘interview’ her a bit.
“I am impressed with the way you take good care of your health”, I started.
“To everyone, only one body has been given”, she answered and continued, “We must take good care of it because there is no replacement if you fail to take care of yours”.
What a perfect answer to bolster my next question.
“If that is the case, how then do you explain your smoking? I asked.
I could feel the pangs of the irony eating deep into her bones. I was beginning to be uncertain if I was doing the right thing—probing into someone’s private life. I, however, took refuge in the fact that my colleague knew that I wasn’t a malicious person. I have always intended well for her. She knew that my probing could only mean genuine concern for her wellness.
She thought deeply for a moment before she answered, “bad habit!” What she said afterwards was probably the reason she is reluctant to quit.
“I have smoked most part of my life and as you can see, I am doing fine”.
I answered, “If you were not smoking, you could have been doing even better but because you are smoking, you will not live to be 130”.
My colleague, perceiving that it would be such a long time to live, said, “I wouldn’t wish to live that long”.
I concluded by making the following comment: At whatever time, whether beyond 130, one will realise that one wouldn’t wish to die when the time comes. Man has the original instinct to live forever. It doesn’t matter at what time, man will always wish that his life is rejuvenated so as to continue living.
At old age, many people surrender their wish to live not because they would prefer death to living but because of the body that has become senile and cumbersome to carry around. If there was a way to rejuvenate the body, everyone would wish to live on.
Think through the case above and consider how many of us can work so hard to build something only to destroy it ourselves.
Let us try to be consistent. Let us pay the price of consistency. Let us not pull down our own building.
If we are fortunate to have been given a "whole" body then we have a duty to take care of it, as an act of gratitude to our Maker. If we are Christ`s, then we are not our own - we have been "bought at a price" and are especially duty-bound to look after ourselves...thank you Daniel - and well done for offering help/support to your friend!