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The Three Wishes
The Three Wishes
If everyone were given three wishes each, what would the most popular wishes be? I believe most people would wish for more money, good health, and a long life. We all have wished for something at one time or another, but the most popular wish is for money. Many seem to believe that having enough money would solve all or at least most of their problems. Being able to pay your bills and expenses would eliminate a lot of your worry and stress; but would that enable you to be happy?
Visualize yourself alone on a deserted island like Tom Hanks in the movie, "Castaway." Your only possession is a suitcase containing one million dollars. You don't have a cell phone or any other way to communicate with the rest of the world. Of course, survival would be your first concern. Let's say you built a shelter and were able to find enough food for yourself. Then your biggest problem would be loneliness. The million dollars would not help you; it would just be a lot of meaningless paper.
Many believe that money could buy happiness, but it cannot. Having a close family and true friends would be better. If you were rich, you wouldn't really know who your friends were. It's true that riches could improve the quality of your life, but riches cannot bring real love into your life. Remember the Beatle's song lyric; "I don't care too much for money, money can't buy me love." It's true, therefore, wishing for love would be better than wishing for money.
Many wish for good health, but that takes effort to achieve. Most people seem to take their health for granted. Some even abuse their bodies and minds and expect to stay healthy. To be healthy you must eat nutritious foods, exercise, and get enough sleep. You must avoid things that are known to be harmful such as smoking cigarettes, eating "junk" foods, and taking certain drugs.
Sometimes the way you think causes you to be unhealthy. Many get "stressed out" about their problems, and many think negative thoughts about themselves and others.
According to the World Health Organization; "Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity." In other words just because we do not have a disease, sickness, or pain doesn't mean that we are healthy.
We must bring about a state of well-being within ourselves. If you don't think right or treat your body right, then you become likely to incur disease, sickness, and pain. If you do incur these things, you should try to overcome them by natural methods.
You can improve your health in several ways: Think positive thoughts and don't dwell on memories of any bad experiences that happened in the past. Develop a healthy diet and consume healthy foods and liquids. Develop and participate in a good exercise program. Relax more and don't worry about problems: instead, learn to solve those problems. Sleep is important to your health, and can be even more beneficial if you are relaxed prior to bedtime.
What else would people wish for? Naturally, most would wish to live a long, happy life. And most believe they could live long and happy by having enough money and good health. But even a long, healthy life would eventually end. Shouldn't we wish for a life that would never end? People who wish for eternal life have come up with different ways of having it. What are some of those ways?
Most people believe that, after death, we come back in some form. Some believe that a person's invisible spirit, called a ghost, comes back to haunt places where he or she had lived. Others believe that a person's spirit or soul is reincarnated into another living body. Still others believe that a person's spirit or soul goes either to Heaven or Hell, depending on whether that person had been good or bad.
Why do people die? The question is not whether we have eternal life or not. If we could eliminate the reason for death, then we could live eternally. We are imperfect people living in an imperfect world. That is the reason for death. Why are we imperfect? One reason is that we have a sinful nature, and we make bad choices. So why do we make bad choices? Many believe that their choices do not have consequences; they believe that they are immortal.
Most people are caught up in a deception, believing that we have an immortal soul that lives on after the body dies. So why does the body die; and what really happens to the soul? If we believe that the soul lives eternally, then we must not believe in death. If our soul cannot die, then we would be like God.
God is immortal, but humans are not. Your body is part of your soul, and the breath that gives you life is also part of your soul. The body dies because we have a sinful nature that makes us imperfect, and we sin. When you die, your breath leaves your body and your soul dies.
Having three wishes come true might be wonderful, but be careful what you wish for. If you wish for wealth and receive it, but have a selfish attitude about it, you probably would'nt be happy. Material wealth can make life more comfortable, but cannot bring love into your life. If you wish for good health and receive it, just remember good health is not enough to make you perfect. And because no one is perfect, each of us must eventually die.
If one of your wishes is to live eternally, you must first become perfect. Money cannot buy your perfection; neither can living a healthy life. Only God can give you eternal life; and He will if you ask Him for forgiveness for your sins, and believe that His Son, Jesus, died for your sins. If you believe in Jesus as your savior, God will forgive your sins. Then after you die, you will be resurrected, become perfect, and have eternal life.
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