Of all the things that could harm the health of a person, cigarettes are one of the easiest to get away with. It is cheap, not illegal, and it can be consumed even in public. Unfortunately, it is one of the leading causes of so many diseases nowadays. Although the price of a stick has already been doubled in an effort to minimize smoking, this is not enough to keep a smoker from sacrificing hard-earned money for a puff. The label on each pack that says “Smoking is dangerous to your health” has even been changed to more urgent warnings like “Smoking kills”. The message is as blunt as a slap on the face, but to a nicotine-addicted individual, it is nothing but a friendly advice.
There are people who want to quit, but find it very difficult to do so. Withdrawal symptoms can be very overpowering that they drive people back to smoking again. There are a variety of methods being made available to help smokers quit. Some are effective yet just for a short time, especially for those who revert back to smoking due to problems. In such instances, it is crucial to find a more effective method to get rid of the cancer-inducing habit. Fortunately, there is one.
Step 1: Understand one’s purpose on earth.
People were created by God to do good so it is important to have a healthy body in order to be effective in doing so. If people realize this, it would help create a thought that smoking would hinder them from fulfilling their purpose.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10)
Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. (Romans 6:13)
Step 2: Seek God’s help.
Nothing can be done without God, not even a single blink of an eye. In times of need, there is no one more reliable than the Creator. He is always ready to receive anyone who wants to get out of their wrongdoings and bad habits. The complete renewal process can not be successful without His intervention.
Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kepget back tot them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts…(Malachi 3:7)
O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps. (Jeremiah 10:23)
Step 3: Let God be the center of our lives.
It is easy to get swayed back into smoking especially if problems star pouring in and causes depression. Trusting that God is bigger and far greater than anything in this world will guarantee that any obstacle or hindrance, even hard-to-treat depression, can be overcome.
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. (1 John 4:4)
With all these kept in mind and heart, there would be no need nor desire to get back to old habits. One can be assured of a smoke-free, nicotine-free, and guilt-free existence as instruments of God’s righteousness.
Thanks be to God!
“Life is short.”
“Live life to the fullest.”
There are many quotes about life. People mention each too often that they start to believe it and adapt it. I, myself, used to believe that life is just this: exist on earth, doing what you have to do to survive, live until you are old, and then die. I grew up surrounded by the thought that each person is meant to go to school in order to be qualified for a job. I remember how my mom would suggest rather forcefully about how Accountancy and Commerce are the best college options out there (she worked in the Bureau of Internal Revenue, that’s why). It was nice of her to invite my siblings and I to her world, but it wasn’t the kind of career we were interested in (we were all passionate about music, art, and crafts…the opposite of any corporate industry). I dreaded the future. The fact that I would never be interested in college made me wonder “Does this mean I would never fulfill my purpose in this so-called life?”. Soon, my songs involved lines like:
…do you ever wonder what your existence really means?…
…i’m nothing but a stain on the wall…
…i guess i’m better off dead…
To listeners, they were just songs. But these lyrics were fueled by my thoughts, my fears, my lack of understanding.
So, what is the meaning of life..really?
“The dictionary defines life as the physical existence of humans and other living organisms. This is not the truth (the whole truth)!
The biblical answer is: life is the cause of existence of everything there is; and the purpose by which it was made to exist.
The life we have now on earth is both temporal and eternal. Our physical being will cease to exist when the spirit that sustains physical life leaves the body.”
I have searched for answers almost everywhere, but failed to inquire the bible. The meaning of life, as stated above, satisfies my need for a complete definition. I do not exist merely for myself or any dependent that I may have. I do not exist merely to study and work and be effective and efficient at both. I do not exist merely to do what I want. I was put into existence to fulfill one important duty: fear God and please Him by following all of His commandments.
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. (Ecclesiastes 12:13)
I used to believe that life is short. Well, we don’t really know how short or long our existence would be, but assuming that it is short, I thought that the right thing to do is experience everything I could ever experience in order to live a full life. Unfortunately, most of the things I had in my mental list of must-do-before-I-die involved doing stuff that either do bad things to my body or do nothing significant at all. With all the wasted time and energy on non-sensical things, how could one say that these would help you “live life to the fullest”?
“A life spent for the purpose by which it was meant for is a meaningful life. A life must be lived and be given willingly by somebody who understands its purpose. God gave us life for us to spend in service to Him, with our entire being and faculties.”
Now that I have discovered my purpose, I would never again perceive my existence as a mistake nor a meaningless one. Upon learning such valuable lessons from the word of God in the bible, I have never felt so content and full of purpose as I do now. Thanks be to God!