(This is not an indecent proposal but a serious question that has affected our health).
If you have a choice between a million dollars and good health which would you choose?
A million dollars could buy you almost anything. A nice house, a cool Mercedes-Benz, a yacht, are some of what I could think of. True your financial worries could be over if you spend it wisely and invest safely for good returns. You could take luxurious vacations, eat rich foods and drink expensive wines, and wear clothes fit for royalties too. A million dollars could make some of us finally exhale.
In pursuit of this material foothold many of us have worked very hard. We have kept three jobs, work long overtime, eat sparingly and get little rest and relaxation. We became strangers to ourselves and our families, and don’t even remember God.
But it is a million dollars and I only have to work for say 30 years, you reasoned. Sure my wife can understand that I am doing this for her, and the kids won’t mind when they have everything their hearts desire. I will get this degree you see and climb this corporate ladder to the clouds. Then I will be able to walk as stiff and stoic as rich people. I could hire a nanny for the raising of the kids, and a helper to insulate my wife from the burdens of house work. Yes up in the clouds I will be gone for weeks, at various venues prescribed by the company, and my wife will understand, as she lays lonely in bed at nights…
Many of us have not been given a million dollars but isn’t this what we work so hard for? So whether or not we want to admit we have already decided that our choice is for money than good health.
So all those who might not want to be irreverent or dishonorable and answered that they would choose good health, in reality is this really so? You see the will of the people for good health requires direct and corresponding actions, while the desire for good health is just a passing fancy.
And so we continue the tumbleweed existence, being blown about in the direction of the prevailing wind, in the direction of the pursuit of an illusion. The million dollars choice that we made has the sweet coatings of success, affluence and even dignity. However on closer examination it delivers the blow of diabetes, ulcers, depressions, cancers, and other anxiety illnesses.
Your children and wife who have been distanced from you because of your unreachableness soon results in a dysfunctional family at best. One big unhappy family you have become, because of your choice of a million dollars and material wealth. Even the pet dog barks at you, because you weren’t home when it was bought. A sad state indeed.
So you gained the million dollar. You now have the root of all unhappiness and evil right in your bosom. Along the way you have stabbed yourself with many pains as you reached for it but now you got it. But can you really jam though? What I mean is can you now enjoy life? You have to pay lawyers and accountants to watch each other,(not so much your money). Today too is the day that you may be diagnosed with some type of illness. It may also be terminal. You have been busy, so you ignored the signs that were warning you that something might have been wrong. Worse yet the children have grown and your wife decided to file for divorce in the court of irreconcilable differences.
At this point let us observe a moment of silence for the death of a good…………Be now guarded for the coming of the bad and the ugly, probably for the rest of your life.
Do I now really need to expound on the benefits of good health compared to the pursuit of an arm chair ride at the top? Probably not! However for emphasis, to be rich without good health is like having the ark on dry land. You will soon crumble and implode into your own ruins. Because we all have to pursue “sustenance, and covering” 1Tim. 6:8, I am not saying we should look for manner to fall from the sky and do nothing. The illusion of wealth making one happy is clear to me though, and the benefits of good health, is even clearer.
In the song “Jammin” by Bob Marley, he stated that life is much more than gold. He had invited all to come jam (have fun). Unfortunately he died at the tender age of 31 from cancer. Jimmy Riley one of his contemporary, said in an interview in a recent commemoration of the Jamaican son “He was a hard worker”. So my question is what do you get from being a hard worker at the expense of good health?
Good health will make you run like old Elijah, enjoy family and friends and put you on the eligibility list for a longer more fulfilling life, something that no million dollar can buy.
To think that I had even agreed in a conversation that a million dollars would be better to me and such I would choose, makes me no different from you. Prostate cancer let me change my views though. Today I am a survivor after two major surgeries, one to remove the prostate gland and the other to correct incontinence. I am writing this so that you don’t have to have a rude awakening such as I did.
You can start to choose good health, by watching this video by Dr. Richard Gerhauser, of Natural Foods Diet Inc.(Video) and please read my story at amazon.com titled Prostate Cancer And Me… Or You, The Two Stages (Man To Man). Also available at Amazon kindle.
Until next time walk good and pack light.