The other day I came across a most thought provoking statement on page 186 of the book Counsels on Health. It says, “It is a terrible sin to abuse the health that God has given us; for every abuse of health enfeebles us for life, and makes us losers.” This is a very serious word from our God and we do well to ponder carefully its very essence to see how many things in our lives need changing.
What about excessive indulgence in sleeping? Does that concern you? Or is there anybody you know who falls into this category? It certainly does not touch this household in any way. Both of us were brought up to be early risers. But there are those whom it touches very directly. We find among the guilty ones, people who are addicted to novel reading late into the night; or TV viewers who have to watch the late night show, or some other ridiculous thing. To say nothing of the night sports or gatherings for pleasure to which some are addicted. God says that it is best for us to retire early and arise early…the benefits are very rewarding, both to our minds and for our overall health.
On the other hand, it is most important that we get a regular amount of rest to help us mentally and physically. I suppose each person varies slightly in the amount of sleep they require, but make sure that you do not injure this wonderful body God has given you with any deficiency in this line. Let us remember that there is a criterion for us all to follow while we prepare for a night’s rest…proper ventilation, both summer and winter. “Many families suffer with sore throat and lung diseases, and liver complaints, brought upon them by their own course of action. Their sleeping rooms are small, unfit to sleep in for one night, but they occupy small apartments for weeks and months, and years. They keep their windows and doors closed, fearing they would take cold if there was a crevice open to let in the air. They breathe the same air over and over, until it becomes impregnated with the poisonous impurities, and waste matter, thrown off from their bodies, through the lungs, and the pores of the skin. Such can test the matter, and be convinced of the unhealthy air in their close rooms, by entering them after they have remained a while in the open air. Then they have some idea of the impurities they have conveyed to the blood through the inhalations of the lungs. Those who thus abuse their health must suffer with disease. All should regard light and air as among heaven’s most precious blessings. They should not shut out these blessings as though they were enemies.” Selected Messages, vol. 2, 462, 463.
Ponder this heaven sent advice well, especially while we are in the winter months! You will find that you will not have the colds you were accustomed to in the past. Your mind will be sharper and clearer than it has ever been! Oh trust the Lord, and see what He will do for you as you follow His divine guidance! Happy Holidays!
Recipe – Rice Croquettes
2 cups cooked brown rice
1 cup bread crumbs (or Grapenuts)
¾ cup Cashew Milk, or Soy Milk
4 Tablespoons chopped onion (simmered in water until tender)
1 cup chopped nuts
½ Teaspoon Sea Salt
Combine Cashew Milk, onion, nuts and salt. Pour over bread crumbs and let stand for 10 minutes. Then add the rice. Form into croquettes and place on a cookie sheet or baking dish and bake about 45 minutes at 350˚. Serve with Cashew gravy.