One of the number one things that people pray for is health. They pray for somebody that is sick to get better. I do it too. But aren't we ultimately responsible for our own health and longevity? If we make ourselves sick (smoking, eating too many fattening foods, drinking too much alcohol), is it right to pray to God to make us all better and fix the damage that we did to ourselves? I know I'm on a touchy subject here, but I couldn't help but think about this when I was at church yesterday. In my church, they have a little coffee stand where people can get coffee and snacks before the service. I was getting some coffee when I noticed all of the cookies, candies, and snacks that they were selling. Some cell phone pics:
Candy trail mix and cookies (full of sugar and saturated fat)
Gummy worms and chocolate covered coffee beans (full of sugar and saturated fat)
Free muffins (full of saturated fat and sugar) There were no healthy food choices. I've been going to church all of my life, and I can't remember a church that was focused on healthy eating and exercise. In fact, almost all of them focused on fattening foods during get togethers. So, is it right to ask God to keep us healthy as we chow down on sugar and saturated fat at the same time? On that note, why do we consider it a nice thing to bring cookies or cakes to a new neighbor? Would we bring them and their kids a pack of cigarettes? Or a small dose of poison? Trust me, I'm nowhere near perfect with my diet. I wish I could tell you that all I eat is tofu and raw vegetables. I do try my best to avoid the bad stuff though. I think about this even more now that I have children that I have to care for. What about your church?