Pr Michael Worker is the President & Communication Director of the Greater Sydney Conference.
May – June 2015 IntraSyd Editorial
Many things in life are taken for granted until we lose them. During the recent floods in Sydney and the Central Coast, many realised they had taken electricity for granted when they had to do without it for some time. For some, clean drinking water, flowing freely from the taps in their houses was also affected, and therefore appreciated once it was reinstated. When people didn’t have power and water for several days, it threw their lives into chaos.
For many of us, we take good health for granted, that is, until we go through a major health crisis. I know this from personal experience. In August 2014, I was busy making final preparations for the Constituency Meeting, when all of a sudden, through a severe bout of viral pneumonia, I was rushed to hospital and for some hours was in critical condition. Praise God I have fully recovered, and I am enjoying full health and strength again.
As Seventh-day Adventists we have been given a wonderful health message. The challenge is that many of us have taken it for granted. In addition to the inspiration of the Bible and Ellen White’s writings, we find that the scientific evidence stacks up in favour of a plant-based diet. As a church we have been blessed with this message for around 150 years, yet today many of us have turned our backs on it.
I have to admit, that for many years, my diet and exercise routine were less than ideal. I remember clearly, in November 2013, I reached the point where I decided that enough was enough and that I had to do something to readjust my lifestyle to better measure up to the one that I ascribed to in principle. God has blessed me, and slowly but surely, as I have practiced more closely the health message that we have as a church, I have shed almost 20kg. The result? I feel healthier, happier and more alert and have much more energy than I did previously. I have been asked many times what I have done to lose the weight, and to quote a colleague, my response has been, “Eat Less, Move More”. I should qualify that by adding that I have been eating better too. Often the response from the person enquiring was that they were hoping for a simpler and easier way to achieve the same results.
1 Timothy 4:8 says, “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” So whilst it is important to follow the principles of healthy living and to exercise on a regular basis, how much more important is it to apply the same discipline to our spiritual lives. In addition to focusing on our health and well-being here in this life, we also need to focus on our spiritual well-being, ensuring that we have a vibrant and active prayer life as well as studying the Bible on a daily basis. This builds excellent spiritual health and well-being. God bless you as you live a healthy lifestyle whilst training and preparing for the soon coming of Jesus.