New Year…Fresh Start – Quit Smoking

Or don’t you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you? Don’t you know that you have the Holy Spirit from God, and you don’t belong to yourselves? You have been bought and paid for, so honor God with your body (1 Corinthians 6:29-20, Common English Bible).

My Disclaimer – I am a former smoker. As far as some of you are concerned I am about to quit preachin’ and go to meddlin’. I make no apologies for that. Whether I know you or not, I love you and I want what is best for you. So, if you are a smoker, you’ve been warned.

If you are a smoker and you do nothing else this year, QUIT SMOKING!!!!! Yes, I am a former smoker. I quit about 30 years ago. I have many friends and relatives who have quit. It is a nasty habit that is no longer socially acceptable and is prohibited in many places. It is also VERY expensive. One of the things that got me to quit was when I realized every time I lit a cigarette I might as well take a dollar bill and light it instead. It was essentially what I was doing and it would be a lot cheaper and cigarettes were a lot cheaper then than they are now. Every time I see $50 (or more) a carton, I am so glad I quit.

But none of those are the real reason I want you to quit. If you have been reading this blog over the past four months, you know that my father passed away back in October. What I don’t think I said in any of the blogs I wrote during that time was, my father died because he had smoked. He had lung cancer brought on by smoking. He hadn’t smoked in years. In fact, he had quit before I did (don’t think that hasn’t given me reason to pause and think about some of my decisions earlier in life). When my dad was first diagnosed with lung cancer he was talking to another member of the family who still smokes. Dad asked him, “Would you do me a favor?” The answer was sure. Then dad said, “Quit smoking.” I can’t help but echo my dad’s words.

In some of the research I have done for this post I ran across a few interesting ideas. First was this quote, “Rather than you smoking a cigarette, the cigarette is really smoking you.” Wow. In truth I never really considered that, but it is true.

A second quote said, “Every time you light up a cigarette you are saying your life really isn’t worth living.” You say that because every time you light up you are taking a little more time off your life.

“There are no benefits of smoking. Cigarettes don’t make you healthier they make you worse. They are dangerous. They are terrible for your health and they will harm your lungs.” I really don’t think I can add any more to that one.

“Smoking in no way honors God’s body. Your body is His and you are just borrowing it. In no way does smoking glorify God.” Our Scripture lesson for today backs this one up.

I love the verses that are our lesson today. Or don’t you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you? Don’t you know that you have the Holy Spirit from God, and you don’t belong to yourselves? You have been bought and paid for, so honor God with your body. I know there are ways that I too need to do a better job of honoring God with my body and I am working on it. Yesterday’s post is one of those. But that was yesterday, and yes, I know I need to work on it and I am working on it. But today? Today is a new topic. Are you ready to work on this one.

I don’t care if it is a New Year’s Resolution or not. I want you to quit. I love you and want you around for a while. None of us are perfect, but this is one place we can make a move that really matters.

Will you make that move?

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Joy and Peace,
Keith

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

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Welcome to my study. I am an ordained United Methodist pastor currently serving in Sweeny, Texas. I am also a husband to Cindy, a father to Wayne and Christopher and a grandfather to three grandsons, Kaleb, Noah and Jaxon (the children of Wayne and his wife Nikki) and two granddaughters, Jenna and Natalie (the children of Christopher and his wife Morgan). I enjoy my family, writing, playing the guitar, tying knots in paracord, wood carving and spending time with my little dog "Bishop.

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