A much loved family member has started smoking again after two years of being smoke free. Needless to say, I'm grieved by this decision. Having battled cancer, I wouldn't wish it on anyone, especially lung cancer. Granted, we are all going to die - but I think most of us would prefer to do so as easily and painlessly as possible. And often the decisions we make on what to eat and how to live our daily lives affect that final outcome. Not only that, but many of those decisions affect the quality of life we have even before our earthly expiration date.
We inch our way to either good or bad health one decision at a time. Choosing to eat that extra doughnut, take that second helping of cake (Lord, help me!), deciding not to bother with going to the gym - they all add up. Conversely, that decision to eat better (and yes, take your vitamins), to go for a walk, to get a mammogram, to quit eating so much junk food - those all add up also, to better health and a longer shelf life.
When the time comes, I'll be happy to check out heaven and start living that true happily-ever-after, but meanwhile, while I'm still here, I want to stay as healthy as possible so I can accomplish everything I think God has for me to do, so I can enjoy my family and friends. Besides, I don't like being sick. So I want to make decisions that will help me to feel my best and function at my best.
We all have people in our lives who need us and care about us. Let's try to make wise decisions when it comes to our health for their sake. Let's not put them through unnecessary grief by deliberately putting ourselves in harm's way by making stupid health decisions. Deal?