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Letter From Dan Preston - April 29, 2022

Letter From Dan Preston

April 29, 2022

Greetings all and Happy Sabbath!  I hope everyone is enjoying the lovely weather as we are!  Please continue to read the booklet, "Angels: God's Messengers and Spirit Army." We will have our booklet discussion next week in Charlotte

Think before you...

Most of you probably remember the commercials of the 1980's with two beer glasses smashing together and the slogan, "Think before you drink." They were advertisements about the dangers of alcohol abuse and specifically drunk driving.

That is certainly good advice, but have you ever considered thinking before you eat?  Most of us don't think long and hard about it.  Rather, we get hungry and go to the fridge or cabinet to see what's available.  My personal go-to when I can't find something that catches my fancy is peanuts.

More than an urge

Of course, we know better than to eat things that are unclean like pork and shellfish.  Most of us have been abiding by God's food laws for years, so the chances that there's something unclean in our homes is virtually zero.  Even when we go out, our brains automatically screen for and eliminate anything from the menu with bacon, ham, shrimp, lobster, etc.

But beyond that, do we think about what we eat?  Do we spend time considering what it is we put in our body?  If God says it's clean, we can eat it, sure.  But how often and how many servings of potato chips are good for us?  There's no biblical command against eating them, so we're good to go, right?  Right???!!!??!

Whose body is it, anyway?

Please understand, I'm not here to crack down on anyone's diet and long gone are the days when you heard sermons about the evils of white sugar and processed food.  But we should take some time to think about what we put in our bodies.  After all, they aren't really ours!

"Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's" (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NKJV).  These sobering words remind us that our bodies don't really belong to us, they belong to God!

Take some time to think

I'm not saying you have to give up all your favorite treats.  And I'm a big fan of the saying we have here locally that 'calories don't count on the Sabbath.'  But most of the time, we should consider what we put in our bodies.  Are we getting a good serving of fruits, vegetables and grains?  Or is our diet out of whack, loaded with fat and carbs?  

What we put in our bodies is a reflection of us.  When giving the 'DOs and DONTs' of food in Leviticus 11, God reminds us, 'be holy, for I am holy' (verse 45).  The next time you plan out your daily menu, make sure you remember to take care of the body God has paid for, and do your best to be holy as He is holy!