Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Your body is a temple. Not literally of course, unless you're the leader of some strange cult I've not yet heard of. But if you are among the vast majority of people who don't host Sunday services within themselves then you can take the phrase, "your body is a temple" more figuratively.
What I mean by that is that your body is a special thing. And whether you believe it was created by God, Allah or random cell mutation (all of which are pretty spectacular if you think about it), it's good to appreciate it and take the best care of it that you can, don't you think? If God gave you a car would you put sugar in the gas tank, stink up the interior with cigarette smoke and let the paint get all chipped and bubbly? One would hope not.
Eating vegetables and fruits and lovely colorful foods makes you feel healthy and happy. Eating a diet heavy in the bodies and milk products stolen from unhappy animals doesn't. It's pretty easy to figure out if you think about it. Am I a little preachy on the subject? Sure, but that's kind of a personality trait of mine. ; )
And eating less food means you'll be healthier and sharper as well. I was a pretty skinny guy. If I had been a heavy guy who ate meat at every meal I probably would have fallen off the cross......hey wait a minute.....no, no, no, you see the point I'm trying to make. That would have been messy and cumbersome and darned hard to depict in an oil painting.
And alcohol: not a bad thing as long as it's in moderation. I was actually quite fond of wine, back in the day. Or according to bar and restaurant owners in Galilee, I was quite fond of water and would order it by the gourdful while all my friends snickered. But the thing is, I didn't go crazy with it. A little bit of it and it's a nice fermented grape juice that helps you digest your dinner. Too much and you're burping your way through The Beatitudes the next day.
So go forth and get healthy because healthy people are happy people and happy people are nice people and nice people make other people happy. It's a big contagious love fest. Yeah, baby!!