I leaped down the stairs to the auditorium in exhilaration ready for the next four hours of my Sunday to be drained while numbly sitting in a chair being lectured. Okay, I actually didn’t leap anywhere, and I wasn’t excited in the least. I slunk over in my chair, ready to set a countdown on my phone for when this would be done. This was going to be a long afternoon.
“The health message is the right hand of the gospel…” We were off to a good start. No, but really, we were. A Weimar College student was exuberantly explaining to us the importance of the health message. She was explaining that the gospel of Christ fits hand in hand—literally—with the importance of the health message. “As the right hand of the third angel’s message, God’s methods of treating disease will open doors for the entrance of present truth.”—7 Testimonies, 59. As it turned out, it wasn’t a lecture at all! The Weimar College students continued on to explain to us the different steps in doing a health expo, and then what items would be needed. All of it was based on NEWSTART: Nutrition, Exercise, Water, Sunlight, Temperance, Air, Rest, and Trust in God. Then came the exciting part—poking people with a needle. Everything they showed us, we actually got to practice. We ambled from booth to booth, learning how to take people’s blood sugar, blood pressure, and even how to perform a gentle, soothing massage.
Needless to say, with all the exciting things we were learning, 5 o’clock snuck up on us like a Jack-in-the-Box. God showed me that learning the health message and how to share it is actually a lot of fun. However, it’s a lot more than just knowing the information and setting up your booth ready to take a pulse or two. God has called me to live the health message, by drinking enough water, exercising regularly, eating healthily and even trusting in Him. I was reminded that my body is a temple of the Lord’s, and that I am not my own. And so, my Sunday afternoon ended up being the best I’ve had in a long time. I think it’s about time I had a NEWSTART. What about you?