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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Vantage Point: Common Sense

By Ken Horn
July 8, 2012

I once entered a coronary care unit and prayed for a man who had suffered a severe heart attack. He wasn’t expected to live, but God touched him and he was given a new lease on life. His doctors outlined several lifestyle changes he needed to make, emphasizing one: quit smoking.

He followed most of the instructions, but a few weeks after his surgery he went back to his tobacco habit. Two years later I conducted his funeral; the second massive heart attack had killed him.

He didn’t have to die. He just needed to quit smoking.

I’m convinced countless illnesses invade people’s lives because of similar decisions — refusing to make lifestyle changes one knows should be made.

Tobacco warning labels contain such direct, graphic language today that no one can claim ignorance of the adverse effects. Yet many persist in the deadly habit.

Our eating habits, too, often display callousness toward the wealth of information about what is and isn’t good for us.

Some people persist in taking health risks, then pray for healing when stricken. For many this is a bondage issue. They need deliverance. But I’m convinced most really need simple common sense.

Common sense tells us we need to exercise, yet myriads remain glued to their couches, thus suffering unnecessary health issues.

Yes, your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. “Do you not know that your body is a temple 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 body” (1 Corinthians 6:19,20, NIV).

So the legitimate question for every Christian to answer is: Can you say that what you are doing with your body honors God? If not, you are in rebellion.

And it is likely you will pay for it with your health.

This issue features articles on the Bible and health, food, running and more. I found some common-sense tips among them that I need to put into effect in my own life. I hope you will read prayerfully and look for some that might apply to you.

Ken Horn

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