So this month, a lot of our posts are supposed to be focused on “living” (I guess my theme of Zombies and Killer Robots did not make the cut).
I was asked to write about a subject that is near and dear to my heart. See, over the last few years, I tend to get hooked on many rants concerning health and religion. For example, when living an unhealthy and ungodly life, there has to be a TRANSFORMATION to undo the type of life that a person has been living, (this is obviously just the subject in a nutshell. It is far more intricate then I have led you to believe).
Another rant I can get stuck on is LOVE…but you all already know that from my super hero perona THE LOVE ARROW.
However, today’s rant is a rant that I have not talked about for a long time. See, I had to write a quick 5 minute talk (possible sermon I suppose?), for a Christian Discipleship class about a year ago. For this talk, I turned to a subject that I had recently researched on then, when it came to give the sermon, I became very passionate about this subject and did not want to stop when the professor called time (and he gave me longer than he said, because he loved the passion too).
So sit back, relax, and enjoy this post as I talk about the importance of PREPAREDNESS.
Why talk about preparedness?
It is simple, to be able to succeed at anything in life, one must prepare. To achieve good grades in school, one must study. To be able to leave and go on a vacation, one must plan to save money to afford the vacation. To get a good job, one must prepare a decent resume that does not look like a 3 year old wrote it. The list goes on… However, when it comes to health, being prepared is something that is not that easy (or simple).
I can sit here and tell you that to prepare yourself to live a healthy life you must eat a diet of proteins and fats. Avoiding most bread, rice, potatoes, pasta and sugar will surely help keep your body where it needs to be – see The Emoji Diet Guideline.
However, there has to be a decent variety in most people’s diet. For example, when eating just red meat, people’s attitude can change. I know of a friend who gets really mad and irritable when all he does is eat meat. Another example of this is when I used to eat a lot of carbs before my stomach surgery; I would be extremely tired after eating like a bag of chips or a large portion of pasta. Obviously, most people know this. So, different foods can affect different people’s attitudes.
The question is: What is the perfect diet that can truly enhance your life and allow you to live the healthiest?
Well, I do not know. I believe it is a combination of fats, proteins, and carbs and also it depends on your genetic makeup. I know 90 year old Italians who live on diets of pasta and cigarettes and they are perfectly healthy (weird right?).
But to maximize your potential health, a general rule of thumb is to eat mainly proteins and fats. And when it comes to fats, avocado and fish are excellent sources of fats that will influence your health for the better.
These fats not only allow our bodies to operate on maximum efficiency, but give our brain a super boost that allows us to focus more closely at what we are doing. See, I wish more people would eat Beef Jerky as a snack rather than like chips and crackers. This would help them get through the work day with good, healthy energy and not cause them to crash.
So I guess the reason I just typed all of that is to emphasize that in order to live a healthy and productive life, we need to eat healthy and prepare our body to live for 80 plus years.
But with this healthy life, we now have a great responsibility…building the Kingdom of God.
And the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I am coming to you in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with you, and may also believe you forever.” When Moses told the words of the people to the Lord, the Lord said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their garments and be ready for the third day. For on the third day the Lord will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. And you shall set limits for the people all around, saying, ‘Take care not to go up into the mountain or touch the edge of it. Whoever touches the mountain shall be put to death. No hand shall touch him, but he shall be stoned or shot; whether beast or man, he shall not live.’ When the trumpet sounds a long blast, they shall come up to the mountain.” So Moses went down from the mountain to the people and consecrated the people; and they washed their garments. And he said to the people, “Be ready for the third day; do not go near a woman.”
Here, in Exodus Chapter 19 verses 9-15, we see God talking to Moses, telling him that He is going to appear on Mount Sinai and reveal Himself to His people. He gives Moses a list of instructions to PREPARE the Israelites for His arrival. Obviously, this is to allow the people to consecrate themselves before the Lord and also focus on God.
One of my friend’s favorite discussions is on verse 15.
Why would God tell the men not to go near a woman?
And this includes married couples. Obviously, sex between married couples is not a sin; however, being around your significant lover causes hormones to be released (cortisone and dopamine and oxytocin and etc.) This causes you to focus on your spouse. This is fine. But, when God was about to descend upon the mountain, it would be better to keep the men separate so that they can focus on God and His glory.
Anyway, I assume you are asking yourself: Why do I need to hear this when I am not near a mountain nor is God appearing on it to me?
Well, that is not the point. See, as Christians we are required to use our spiritual gifts for the building of God’s Kingdom. And at any moment, God can come down and reveal Himself to you. In fact, Christ says that He appears to us in the least of these (Matthew 24:31 – 40) this includes people most of us see every day!
We have to be prepared for God and to be able to do what He has asked us to do. We need to be prepared to share the Bible and to spread the Love of Christ to all of those who are around us. We must be prepared to go into places that most would not dare go (Jonah, anybody?).
Also, we can connect Mount Sinai to Mount Zion. During the end times, Mount Zion is our hope (remember, how the theme of Isaiah is hope, well in the Isaiah apocalypse, chapters 24 – 27, mt Zion represents our hope in God) . However, if we do not prepare ourselves for His return, then we have not prepared ourselves for hope. And what everyone needs is love and hope!
Indeed, so terrifying was the sight (of Mt Sinia) that Moses said, “I tremble with fear.” But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumeral angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of the new covenant, and to the sprikled blood (Hebrews 12:21 – 24)….
If, God was so worried about His people being prepared for the old covenant (in Exodus) that He had the men avoid the women (to keep the men from distractions), how much more important is it now that we keep ourselves and our bodies in check so we may be best prepared for the kingdom work in the new covenant, today?
Finally, one final way we can prepare to do the work God has for us, is to be healthy! If we are eating all the bad foods and killing ourselves early, how can we accurately and efficiently perform the work that God has bestowed upon us?
We can’t – is the point I am trying to make. That is why health and godliness go hand-in-hand. To be able to do the work that God has for us, we cannot only study His Word to prepare for this work, but we must also nourish our bodies to the best of our ability to allow us to be healthy enough to go out and do this work.
So my final question to you is… Are You Prepared for the Mount?