Your Purpose in Life and Your Inner Spirit
Author Sidebar: I believe that growing up in the church helped me to deal with the fear and anxiety that I felt, especially while I was in the hospital. The look of despair on some of the doctors' faces really scared me.
But, my daughter really gave me a lot of encouragement; and, so did my mother. She kept reminding me that God had more plans for me, so I needed to get well as soon as possible. I'm not sure how my mother knew, but, she was convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that I would get better, even though things looked pretty grim.
My mother's confidence and belief provided me with the emotional support and energy that fueled me and allowed me to relax a little; and, that removed some of the tension and anxiety that I felt. She told me to pray every night; and, I did, just like when I was a child. Some nights I cried, but, somehow, I slowly began to feel better.
My mother convinced me that I needed to get back in touch with God by eating His foods. I didn't really believe my mother at the time, but, I decided to go along with what she said, especially since she was preparing the meals anyhow. :-) Plus, it's not a good idea to disagree with my mother -- assuming you wanted to stay alive. :-)
And, then, when my blood sugar started to drop, I couldn't believe it! Eventually, I was able to begin walking and exercising; and, the normal color in my legs and toes returned gradually.
And, with each passing day, I kept getting better and better ...
p.s. However, I must admit that, in the back of my mind, I was waiting for other shoe to fall because my doctors kept telling me that eventually I would have a relapse.
And, so I waited ... But, I kept getting better until one day I no longer needed insulin! I was so happy! I mean I was really so happy that I began to share my story with people at work, people at the grocery store, people in the mall, people in the parking lot ... :-)
Then, one day, I found myself telling my story to a diabetic support group at a local hospital. The people in the support group were so energized and enthusiastic about my story that their energy actually made me feel even better!
At that time, I didn't realize that this was a seminal moment that would drive me to help a lot of people ...
People sometimes ask me why I spend so much time helping others -- why I do what I do. They ask me where do you get the energy? the passion to keep doing this?
I tell them that I feel a responsibility to share the knowledge that I was "given" -- this knowledge about diabetes through my experiences with the doctors and in the hospital; and, later with other diabetics via the support groups, local churches, health fairs and speaking engagements. I met so many people who were suffering unnecessarily with this disease primarily because they didn't have the information and insight that I had been given through my near-death coma and other diabetes-related experiences.
I was given this insight into a disease that is misunderstood by so many. In the beginning, I was so happy to be alive. I was so happy that I still had my legs and my eyesight. I had all this energy. Sometimes I would stop a complete stranger in the parking lot or start talking to someone in the grocery store checkout line or talk to someone while waiting in line at the post office.
I would think of inventive ways to discuss my story; and, every time, I would get looks of surprise; or, someone would says something like: "My mother is diabetic." or "What do you mean by you were diabetic?" or "Did you say you no longer take insulin?" or "Your blood sugar was what?"
When I was in the hospital and things looked really grim, I cried and I prayed, hoping I wouldn't lose my legs or my eyesight. While crying and praying, I made a promise that I would help others if I got out of this somehow. Of course, I didn't really expect that I would get out of this mess. So, my promise was kind of an empty promise that I didn't ever expect to keep. So, in a way, I kind of have to help others ...
There are a couple of quotes that kind of explain why I have to do what I do. One of the quotes is "To whom much is given, much is required." The source of this quote comes from the Bible, Luke 12:48 where Jesus says: “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”
Another similar quote comes from one of the popular superhero movies called Spider-Man. During one of their important talks, Uncle Ben provides words of wisdom to Peter Parker when he says: “With great power comes great responsibility.”
The idea of “to whom much is given, much will be required” is that we are held responsible for what we have and what we've been given. In one way or another, we have all been given a gift, a talent, something that we do well -- something that makes us unique. Something that gives us purpose, something that gets our juices going, something that give us drive, passion -- our purpose for living.
We were all put on this planet by the Creator with a Purpose in Life. The "trick" is to figure out what that purpose is. Sometimes, it's obvious; in other cases it may take some digging and learning more about ourselves.
But, I believe it all starts with being a servant to others -- a servant to our family, to our friends, to our community ...
All of us have different gifts from God and we are to use those gifts to serve others. It is always more blessed to give than receive. We should give our time and do volunteer work to help others -- not just give money, food, and clothing to the poor.
Make a difference in someone’s life and I guarantee you that the experience will uplift you in ways that you could never imagine.
Man is a trinity that is comprised of the Body (Physical), the Mind (Mental), and the Spirit (Spiritual).
The Body, Mind and Spirit work in harmony to make you the best that you can be in this life. If one of these three elements is “sick” or out of balance with the other two, then, your entire being will be sick.
Unfortunately, most of traditional medicine focuses on the Body by addressing and suppressing the symptoms and never fixing the underlying root cause of the unhealthy cells. Traditional medicine tends to overlook the importance of the Mind and the Spirit and its role in healing the Body.
Man also tends to focus on the Body by taking drugs to relieve pain or by feeding his food cravings to satisfy hormonal hunger – both of which may be driven by emotions such as depression.
There are horror movies that can scare you, but I can truly tell you that there is nothing, absolutely nothing scarier than knowing that your doctor cannot help you and your time is limited.
Only a strong belief in a power that is greater than yourself can give you the hope, the confidence and courage to fight for your life instead of giving in to the inevitable life of kidney failure/dialysis, amputation, and blindness.
Key Point: If you have Type 2 diabetes or a similar systemic disease due to poor eating habits, part of the reason is due to the disconnect between the Mind and the Spirit. Your inner Spirit tells you to eat God's super foods. But, your Mind, which is controlled by the outside world (e.g. TV, newspapers, doctors, other people) tells you to eat man's toxic and processed foods.
We choose to ignore our Spirit and fail to listen to that Spirit telling us what we should be eating. Even many churches fail to mention this to their congregations!
Once you accept the fact that we live in a spiritual universe and that we are all spiritual beings, you will find yourself equipped with an instrument through which you can exert influence over your body and your blood glucose control. But, how do you go about tapping into your inner spirit and belief system?
One of the next sections (below) will give you some ideas how to get started and tap into your Inner Spirit.
So, how did we get here with all these convenience and fast foods and such poor health?
When it comes to food, the irony is that just at the time nutritional scientists were identifying vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that support life, technologists were perfecting the refining processes to separate the nutrients from the food or to reconstitute them in synthetic forms.
Refined white flour, “enriched” cereal, homogenized milk, bottled juices, soda, high fructose corn syrup, margarine (partially hydrogenated oil), and fast foods are examples that are devastating our health today.
All of this was motivated by profit for the seller and convenience for the buyer, as the age of boxed mixes and prepackaged foods brought new freedom in the kitchen and profits to food packaging industries and grocery stores.
Unfortunately, that new freedom has come at a high price, which many people are ignoring, hoping that, maybe medical science will develop a magic pill in the near future.
Medical science is very successful in handling trauma and emergency treatment, but not with their treatment of degenerative diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Their treatment protocol for these diseases is drug therapy to suppress the symptoms instead of fixing the underlying root cause and get rid of the disease. If the drug therapy doesn’t work or it stops working, the only other option is surgery.
Unfortunately, many people put their faith in these drugs that were created by man instead of the foods that were created by God. And, as long as we continue to believe that man is smarter than God, we will be trapped with poor health and our dependency on these man-made foods and drugs. So, become a victor of wellness, instead of a victim of disease.
Spiritual health allows you to focus on your inner faith and the belief that you must respect and protect what you put into your body to maintain a healthy balance with the mind and spirit. This supports Apostle Paul’s requirement to glorify God in our body, as well as our spirit:
“Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost . . . therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” [1 Corinthians 6:19-20]
Discord between your Spirit and Mind usually leads to illogical behaviors and rationalizations. For example, as their reasoning for eating what they like even if it is bad for their health, I am amazed at the number of people who have told me “Well, you gotta die of something.” This type of rationalization is due to a disconnect between that person’s spirit and unconscious mind, leading to a negative effect on their body.
It is also a disconnect between the spirit and conscious mind that is created as a defense mechanism when the person can’t really explain why they’re doing something that they know is harming their body.
Research has shown that a diabetic who is not healthy emotionally will not respond positively to treatment, even though they may have the best care and medicine. Discord between the mind and body is a critical factor. Diabetics know that if they worry too much their blood sugar will go “sky high” and stay high until they stop worrying.
Be wary of systemic societal prejudices (e.g. sexism, racism), which may decrease your exposure to knowledge/education while increasing the anxiety and stress in your life. How you handle these problems and stress is very important. Do not neglect the problem.
Acknowledge that stress can actually be helpful. For example, the stress that an athlete feels can actually help to improve their performance if they know how to channel the stress and nervous energy. Someone like a Magic Johnson or Michael Jordan handled stress well on and off the basketball court. But, you don’t need to be Magic or Michael – just be yourself and embrace the challenge.
And, don’t neglect the problem or live in denial of your diabetes.
Neglect (or denial) is like an infection or a cancer -- left unchecked it will spread throughout your entire being.
When you live in denial and continue to neglect your health (by not eating right and not exercising), your physical health will continue to deteriorate.
In addition, living in denial will affect you emotionally and cause your mental health to deteriorate leading to a feeling of hopelessness.
And, when you feel hopeless, you won't be motivated to want to change your diet or your lifestyle.
All of this leads to an gradual erosion of your self-confidence and self-esteem. And, you begin to shy away from friends and other people, and become anti-social.
As your self-confidence diminishes, so does your activity level (of trying to get healthy). And as your activity level diminishes, your results inevitably decline.
And as your results suffer, your attitude begins to weaken. And as your attitude begins the gradual shift from positive to negative, your self-confidence diminishes even more . . . and this downward spiral continues as your health suffers.
And, as the health problems and financial problems begin to mount, the hopelessness and lack of self-confidence may lead to feelings of depression.
And, depression can lead to antidepressant and anti-psychotic medications.
However, the good news is that you can prevent and overcome all of this by embracing the problem and tapping into your spirituality or inner spirit.
By tapping into your inner spirit, you will stop denying the problem, stop blaming the doctor and others, and take full accountability for your diabetes.
Then, you will begin to seek the knowledge to educate yourself; and, then, take the appropriate corrective actions to change your diet and lifestyle. And, finally, begin to live the life that you deserve.
In order to get started, simply following some of the practices listed below or use some of the practices listed in Chapter 13 of the Death to Diabetes book. Or, call our office for help if you prefer to talk to someone.
Diabetes self-management has evolved over the past few decades from just relying on drugs to a much more comprehensive system that includes superior nutrition, exercise, blood glucose testing, stress reduction, and meal planning. Spirituality
The Death to Diabetes self-management guidelines reflect a more holistic style that addresses the needs of the whole person rather than isolated parts. Holistic principles identify man as consisting of 3 parts: Body, Mind and Spirit. And, all 3 parts must be healthy for the whole person to be healthy.
Holistic medicine is not a new concept. Socrates knew that it was important to treat the body as a whole when he wrote, “For the part can never be well unless the whole is well.” An old Indian saying states that the body is like a house with 3 rooms: a physical, a mental/emotional, and a spiritual room.
To be a whole person, one must spend at least a little bit of time in each of these rooms every day. For example, food and rest satisfy our physical needs; learning about the world and using what we learn enriches our minds; and validating and coping with our feelings meets our emotional needs. Our spiritual needs must also be addressed.
Spirituality can be defined as experiencing the presence of a power or force and experiencing a closeness to that presence. Spirituality may mean being involved with organized religion, taking time to contemplate one’s place in the ultimate order of things, or focusing on the things that give life meaning, such as one’s family or social group.
No matter what one’s personal motivation for seeking it, spirituality can be seen as part of the journey toward becoming whole and being healthy.
The Death to Diabetes program addresses these areas of needs in one’s life. Superior nutrition nourishes the body. Diabetes educators teach people about blood glucose monitoring, meal plans, and exercise. They also teach people to manage stress or to recognize warning signs of depression to maintain emotional health.
Using prayer or meditation helps our spiritual part. Addressing each of these areas of our lives helps us to move closer to a holistic form of diabetes self-management.
Holistic health care seeks in part to enhance the body’s natural healing ability. Much attention has been focused on developing sophisticated drugs and learning healthy life choices, but enhancing the body’s natural healing ability hasn’t been as rigorously studied.
Recent research in the field of mind/body medicine, or psycho-neuroimmunology, though, has shown that the mind can and does have a profound effect on the body. Techniques such as the Relaxation Response and other forms of meditation, guided imagery, positive outlook, humor, hope, and even one’s beliefs can all affect medical outcomes.
Perhaps it was the growing acceptance of involving the mind in the health process that made it easier for mainstream scientists to begin to take a serious look at spirituality and prayer. Prayer can be defined as communication with God, the creator of life, the collective unconscious, or one’s higher self.
Some studies have suggested that prayer can have an effect on both individuals who pray for themselves as well as on those who are prayed for by others (even without their knowledge).
For example, in a study of patients in a cardiac intensive care unit, those who were prayed for (unbeknownst to them) by a group of community volunteers had about 10% fewer complications than those who were not prayed for by the volunteers.
Research at Duke University’s Center for the Study of Religion/ Spirituality and Health has looked at “intrinsic religiosity,” which is defined as one’s beliefs rather than participation in organized religious activities.
Those with higher levels of intrinsic religiosity had better survival rates after severe illness, less depression in older age, less disability and mortality when faced with chronic disease, and possibly stronger immune systems. These and other studies raised interesting questions about the effect of prayer on both medical outcomes and general wellness.
More research in the field of spirituality is necessary, of course. However, for those comfortable with incorporating prayer into the fabric of their daily lives, the use of prayer may be yet another resource to enhance diabetes self-management and therefore, general wellness.
There are many simple ways to tap into the power of your spirituality or your inner spirit. First of all, we need to stop thumping the Bible and start reading the Bible! The Bible contains thousands of passages that explain how to use your inner spirit or spirituality and be healthy!
When we get sick and end up in the hospital, we praise God for saving our lives, but, we continue to ignore His message! We refuse to change our eating habits and lifestyle and follow the Scriptures.
Here are several examples to help you. Implement at least three of the following concepts to help improve your emotional, social, and spiritual health; and, in turn, improve your physical health.
- Be selfish: Take care of Number One – You!
- Educate yourself. Fear, anxiety and the lack of hope are driven by the lack of knowledge. Once you educate yourself about how to defeat your diabetes, fear and anxiety will subside and hope will rise.
- Forgive others. But, more importantly forgive yourself.
- Show gratitude to others. And, it will be returned 10-fold.
- Love yourself. If you love yourself, you will take the time to prepare meals and find the time to exercise.
- Be positive. Develop and maintain a positive attitude with life as well as an open mind to new ideas about health and nutrition. Don’t hide behind the disease and look for sympathy from friends and relatives.
- Have a positive attitude. Attitude is everything. Attitude is a choice. A person with a positive attitude will have a strong faith and belief in self, others, and in God. A person with a positive attitude will attract positive people and positive events.
- Motivate yourself. Identify a strong motive for getting healthy, e.g. financial, your children, family, quality of life, religious, disdain towards drugs, fear of a painful death. Ensure that your motive is strong enough to overcome the setbacks you’re going to have during your journey.
- Change the way you think. Choose to be healthy. More importantly, avoid your food triggers, e.g. driving past a fast food place, mall shopping, playing cards with friends.
- Become a victor of wellness. Stop being a victim of disease and drugs.
- Be thankful, hopeful, cheerful, and prayerful. These attitudes produce the endorphins, which are merry hormones and happy chemicals that fight disease and promote a sense of well being.
- What you think you create. Therefore, change the talk-track in your head to tell you that you're going to beat your diabetes.
- Be aware of societal “isms”. Don't allow these "isms" to affect your health.
- Embrace adversity. Realize that you will face change and adversity during your journey. Adversity will build your character or reveal it.
- Understand Life's 3 Problems (aka The 3 Problems in Life). Once you realize that there are only 3 problems that you need to solve to be successful in life, you'll be able to move forward and solve each problem. (See below for more info).
- Listen to your inner voice, your true self. Get in touch with your true feelings, your calling, your Purpose in Life, your real passion – it’s not what you want to do, it’s what you want to be. It’s what you were meant to be. Use your personality (the essence of who you are) and everything you’ve learned throughout your life to serve your soul and drive your true passion.
- Find your Purpose in Life. If you believe in the Creator, then, you realize that you were put on this planet for a reason -- a specific purpose. Use your God-given skills and life experiences to become a servant to help others in your community .
- Share your knowledge. Become a health advocate in your community.
- Strengthen your belief system. Trust in divine power. Recognize that a divine being, a guardian angel, is always with you. Believe in something that is a higher power – “more powerful than thee.”
- Have faith, but take action. Believe that God will help you, but don’t sit around waiting for God – take action!
- Connect to your inner spirit. In order to change your state of mind and bring back the hope, tap into your inner spirit. You can’t solve your problem (e.g. diabetes) with the same state of mind that created the problem in the first place.
Use meditation, chanting and deep-breathing. Indian/Chinese/Asian methods such as meditation and yoga can help us relieve the stress, tension, anxiety, anger and other negative emotions that we deal with on a daily basis. Yoga Reference: www.discover-yoga-online.com/basic-yoga.html
- Change for the better. Change the way you look at things and things will change the way they look.
- Fear and Faith cannot coexist in the same place. You can neutralize or reduce your fears by making your faith bigger than your fear – by cultivating your faith. And, faith breeds more faith.
- Do not underestimate the power of the human spirit. This has been demonstrated by events such as the Tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, and many of the senseless shootings.
- Learn from others. Join a diabetic support group and learn from others with diabetes. But, don't assume they're experts!
- Help others. Become a community volunteer to help others.
- Laugh! Laugh! Laugh! Laughter is a wonderful stress-reducer. Laughter relieves muscular tension providing a discharge of nervous excitement. It improves breathing, regulates the heartbeat and pumps endorphins (the body’s natural painkillers) into the bloodstream. Smiling is also beneficial.
- Release the negative energy. Let go of the anger, jealousy, hopelessness, and envy in your life. These negative emotions trigger the release of stress hormones and weaken the immune system, making you more susceptible to disease.
- Forgive others. But don’t expect anything in return.
- Be social. Participate in activities and with people that bring joy to your life.
In order to be successful in life, we have to overcome many problems in life with our jobs, our careers, our families, education, finding the time, not having enough money, our health, etc.
We tend to believe that we have too many problems in life to overcome. But, in reality, there are only 3 problems! That's right -- 3 problems. Do you know what they are?
The 3 major problems in life are:
1. Health (Disease)
That's it! And, once you realize this, it will be easier to develop an action plan to achieve success.
In addition, once you solve one of these problems, such as a health problem, it will actually help you solve some of your financial problems and maybe even some of your relationship problems!
Also, when you solve one problem, it gives you the confidence to solve another problem; and another; and another ...
Note: Refer to the DTD Blog for more details about how to solve Life's 3 Problems.
You're special -- we're all special. We all have a gift. We all have a Purpose in Life.
You have skills -- there is something that you're very good at but the world around you beats you down. And, so you forget that you're special and have these skills. Or, we devalue our skills and fail to realize how our skills can reshape our lives and the lives of the people around us.
Unfortunately, most of us never discover our gift. Most of us never figure out what is our purpose in life. Why is that? There are several reasons:
-- Some of us are too humble -- we can't imagine that we're special.
-- Some of us lack self-confidence or self-esteem -- we truly don't believe that there's anything about that would make us special.
-- Some of us ignore the signs. For example: Has anyone ever told you that you should write a book? Has anyone ever told you that you are wasting your time at your current job?
-- Some of us are afraid to take the next step or take action -- it's easier to stay back in the shadows.
-- Some of us actually want to take the next step but, we come up with a million excuses why we can't. The number 1 excuse is that we don't have time.
-- Some of us are afraid of making changes. We find it easier to stay safe.
-- Some of us don't think that we have a Purpose in Life.
If you believe in a Higher Power, then, you have to believe that you were put on this planet for a reason -- for a purpose.
But, if you ignore God's message about His super foods, you will spend the majority of your time and energy fighting disease and other illnesses instead of finding your life passion and fulfilling your Destiny.
Once you find your passion, you will discover your Purpose in Life.
And, once you find your Purpose in Life, nothing will stop you from achieving success in your life and achieving your Destiny.
Author's Perspective: Whenever I meet someone after a workshop or when I get the chance to talk to someone on the phone, more times than not, I hear an inspirational story. When I point this out to the person, he or she is shocked to learn that their story is inspirational, that they have a story that will help other people. That they have a story that other people want to hear about.
The challenge that you face is to figure out what makes you special, and, how to help others. And, once you figure out how to help others, you'll be helping yourself and your family. You will discover your true Purpose in Life.
Note: You may be struggling right now physically or financially, but don't despair, don't give up. Once you overcome your struggle, you will find that you now have the power and the insight to help others.
So, how do you find your true Purpose in Life?
Here's one way: Listen to your inner voice, your true self: -- the Voice of God speaks through your heart, but you have to be still and very quiet to hear the Voice . . . don’t look for God to speak to you like he did with Moses and the Burning Bush . . . he speaks to us everyday, if we just listen quietly.
Get in touch with your true feelings, your calling, your purpose in life, your real passion – it’s not what you want to do, it’s what you want to be. It’s what you were meant to be. Use your personality (the essence of who you are) and everything you’ve learned throughout your life to serve your soul and drive your true passion.
Everybody has a calling, and your real job in life is to figure out what it is you’re called to do.
As depicted in the followingdiagram, there are several factors that will help you determine your Purpose in Life. Where these factors intercept will be your Purpose in Life!
Once you find your Purpose in Life, you will never get tired because you’re fueled by the passion and the energy of trying to fulfill your Purpose in Life.
Another Way to Find Your Purpose in Life
Actually, you can figure out or come close to figuring out your Purpose in Life in 20 minutes or less. Here are some questions to ask yourself:
-- What would you do if you didn't have to worry about paying bills?
-- What would you do if you knew that you only had 1 year to live?
-- What is it that you do better than anyone else?
-- What is it that you were doing the last time you received a lot of praise?
-- What excites you? What floats your boat? What are you passionate about?
-- What one thing would you change about yourself right now?
-- What one thing would you change in the world?
-- What are the 7 key events of your life? How did you get to where you are?
-- What did you want to be when you were growing up?
-- What are you really good at? what is your Number 1 skill?
-- What do you really want out of life? What is stopping you?
-- How can you use your Number 1 skill to get what you really want?
-- Ask a friend or relative what they truly like about you; and, also what they dislike about you.
Note: Refer to the Death to Diabetes (DTD Blog) for more details about how to find your Purpose in Life (from the author's perspective).
FYI: Here are some of the websites we found that provide easy exercises to discover your Purpose in Life:
FYI: Here are some inspirational quotes that the author used when he was a math tutor for the Urban League and also during some of his diabetes workshops.
There are thousands of articles written pitting God versus Science. But, if you really think about it, God created science!
If you want to learn how to fight a disease like Type 2 diabetes, just read the Bible! There are hundreds of passages that tell us how to eat properly to stay healthy.
Another way to learn how to fight a disease like Type 2 diabetes is to to learn about the science of disease (and human physiology) at the cellular level.
God gave you a brain to help you think and solve problems. Science helps you learn how to analyze and solve complex problems and recognize when people (especially doctors) are not telling you the truth.
God explains in the Bible what foods we should eat. Science tells us what nutrients, vitamins and minerals are in the food so that we know which foods we should eat.
Prayer and meditation helps us to relax and think more clearly. Science (and mathematics) helps to train and organize your brain so that you can think more logically and creatively in problem-solving and multi-tasking.
Science is not merely a collection of facts, concepts, and useful ideas about nature. Science is a method of investigating nature (God) -- a way of knowing about nature and God -- that discovers reliable knowledge about it. In other words, science is a way of discovering more about God, His nature, and His wisdom.
Author's Perspective: When I first recovered from my diabetic coma, some churches called it a miracle. When I started doing some research, I discovered that science also played a role in my recovery.
During my talks, I gave credit to God (and my mother and daughter) for my miraculous recovery from the coma, 2 blood clots, 4 insulin shots a day, failing eyesight and damaged legs.
But, I also pointed out that my background in engineering, science and biochemistry helped me as well.
So, from my perspective, it wasn't just God or just science that saved me -- it was both.
In fact, I don't see how you can separate the two. God created these super foods that contain the key nutrients we need to fight disease.
And, God gave us brains so that we can think for ourselves and figure out how to use His foods instead of Man's drugs to fight a disease like diabetes.
So, when it comes to nutrition, there is a powerful connection between God and science. The Bible tells us about God's super foods that can heal us from disease. Science tells us about vegetables and other foods that contain specific nutrients that can heal us.
So, instead of pitting God against science and vice-versa, we should embrace both in order to successfully fight these diseases.
But, churches and their leaders do not talk about God's super foods. They tell us to pray and donate to the church. When was the last time you heard a sermon about God's food?
And, science experts don't tell us about these foods either - - they tell us to go to the doctor and take their medications.
Do you see the disconnect here? The leaders in the church and in science both promote messages to further their own agendas with a total disregard to what's best for their congregation or the public!
Luckily for us, God gave us brains so that we can figure out what's best for us when it comes to nutrition and fighting a disease ...
And, fortunately, there are many passages in the Bible that tell us about the power of God's foods and how we should use these foods to nourish and repair our bodies.
Here are a just a few examples:
Genesis 1:29 And God said, Behold I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
Ezekiel 4:9 Take wheat and barley, beans and lentils, millet and spelt; put them in a storage jar and use them to make bread for yourself.
Daniel 1:8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank...
Daniel 1:12 Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse (lima beans) to eat, and water to drink.
Daniel 1:15 And at the end of the ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king's meat.
For more examples, refer to our web page God, Food, and Healing.
Many of us attend or have attended a church. One of the missions of the church is to provide spiritual guidance to its church members.
Consequently, in order for a church to be successful, it must provide spiritual guidance in serving its congregation and its community.
The role of the congregation is to help the church with its mission.
But, many churches have become another example of an institution that has also lost its way and its real mission in life.
Ironically, it was the churches that encouraged Mr. McCulley to speak out about his recovery from near-death. It was the churches who invited Mr. McCulley to speak at Mother's Day, Easter, Christmas, and other church events.
If you look back at history, it was the churches who protected the slaves. It was the churches who educated many of the slaves.
Churches have played a major role in improving our society, but, today, many churches and its members are struggling -- physically, emotionally, and financially.
Here is how Mr. McCulley's powerful message can be applied to your church and its members:
Healthy church members are happy church members. Happy church members are more giving to their church. The church has more resources and is more giving to their church members and their community. This leads to more people coming to church. And, the church is able to grow and help even more people.
By the way, many church members are sick and ill with diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, heart disease, kidney failure, etc. Sick people can't help a church to grow as much as healthy people can.
But, churches don't focus on God's nutrition and how to make people healthy!! In fact, many church people including the pastors and other church leaders rely on man's harmful drugs and man-made chemicals instead of God's super foods!!
Another point: Many church members are not only physically sick, but they are financially sick and struggling to make ends meet. And, financially sick people can't really help a church grow either.
One final point: There is a spiritual connection between physical health and financial health. Mr. McCulley calls it the Health-Wealth Connection. Imagine, if everyone understood this principle -- many of us would no longer struggle with our health and our wealth (finances)!
These are very simple but powerful principles. Please share these principles with your pastor, church members, family, friends, and community.
If you are a pastor, priest, church leader, or church member, please contact us -- we can help.
The above ideas may seem too simple, but, they are very powerful. Just try a couple and you'll see! For more information about emotional support, mental health, social health, motivation and spirituality, visit our Emotional Support web page or read Chapter 13 of the Death to Diabetes book, or get one or more of the following ebooks:
- Stress Reduction -- How to Reduce It with Food & Spirit
- Motivation, Will Power & Discipline: Secrets to Health
- Depression -- How to Defeat It Without the Drugs
Interesting Quote about Helping Others:
"Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth." Muhammad Ali
As long as you continue to ignore your inner spirit and accept being diabetic and accept taking the drugs, then, the diabetes will eventually begin to affect you physically, emotionally, spiritually, financially, and in other ways.
For example, the cost for the drugs you're taking will increase over time and require more money on your part. And, once the drugs lose their effectiveness, you'll have to take even more drugs and higher dosages.
Eventually, whether you like it or not, your doctor will put you on insulin after he/she has exhausted most of the oral pill options.
In addition, because the medications aren't doing anything to stop the progression of your diabetes, you'll eventually have to spend money for hospital stays, surgery, post-op care, etc.
Also, there will be additional costs for diabetic complications such as retinopathy (laser surgery, blindness), nephropathy (kidney dialysis), neuropathy (amputation), heart attack (bypass surgery), stroke (rehab, post-op care), etc.
So, if you'r ready to stop the madness and start your journey to better health and reverse your diabetes, then, get the ex-diabetic's book, Death to Diabetes.
If you have a juicer/blender or plan to get one, then, get the ex-diabetic's Power of Juicing ebook to help you reverse your diabetes.
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