Pat’s Chat (July 21)


When I wrote Pat’s Chat last week, I mentioned that Seventh-day Adventists are interested in helping with matters that have to do with physical and mental health. Our congregations often have classes in some subject to do with those areas of our lives, along with the spiritual teachings. I saw a sweet story on Facebook that got my attention. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did. Here it is, copied straight from Jane Wine Freshour’s Facebook:

“Folks I’m sure most of you know this dirty, rotten, low down scoundrel that I love with all my heart.

“This is my Uncle Leroy Gail Wine with me at my grandma Wine’s house at Copen. He was always so good to me. Took me fishing down by the church next to Mary Childers’ house and I got a fishhook in my finger. I think it about scared him to death. It didn’t take him long getting me to the house. 

“I wasn’t in school yet and he took me to a play at Burnsville School along with a date. I sat between them in the car and at the play. I wasn’t letting her sit beside my uncle.

“I still have a little pearl necklace he sent me when he was overseas in the Air Force. You don’t forget those things.

“He would always tease me and ask me what I was going to get him for Christmas. Why I came up with the answer I’ll never know but I told him I was getting him a pig’s tail. Well, when one of the neighbors butchered, mom got the pig’s tail and put it in the freezer. Guess what he got? He was flabbergasted, he couldn’t believe I even remembered that from months before. Got him good that time.

“I loved doing things to him to get him fired up, it didn’t take much, lol. Just mention Merle Haggard, politics, etc. and that’s all it took. He always called me Storma Jane.

“Family referred to him as ‘The Boy’ and that he was. Now to get to the reason I’m posting this today.

“My Uncle Leroy is 45 years sober today and I am so proud of him. I know it couldn’t have been easy, but he did it. He has stayed in AA and speaks to different groups. If he could do it, anyone can. Just wish he didn’t live in Colorado so we could be together.

“I love you B-tweet!”  

The Bible is filled with many warnings about drinking, and I am sure drugs would be included. Proverbs 23, the whole chapter tells it like it is. Verses 29 through 32 says “Who hath woe? Who hath sorrow? Who hath contentious? Who hath babbling? Who hath redness of eyes? Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.” Most people do not hesitate to drink, many of them do not know what it can do to you. Like Mr. Leroy Wine above, he learned the hard way and has tried ever since to warn others of the danger. Hollywood doesn’t pay any attention and even Hallmark (the innocent romantic icon for young people) proudly displays the use of a toast, a drink of liquor on every occasion. This same chapter, Proverbs 23, gives other serious warnings, but still we go on our merry way destroying God’s temple, our bodies. See verse 2 in this chapter. It says “Put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite. (That steps on my toes!!) I did not change Jane’s note except added a few spaces between sentences and a couple of apostrophes. God has given us an amazing body and promises to live in us by His Holy Spirit. How can we dare to abuse this gift He has given to each of us! Yet, in spite of all of our failings, He has promised never to leave us or forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:8).

I Corinthians 6:19 and 20:  “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and you are not your own? - For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” It is God’s temple we are destroying when we yield to temptations to do destructive, unhealthy things to our body.

Maranatha

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