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DO YOU ever wonder where the writers of articles get their material? Something or someone inspires them. It may be a life incident, friend, or colleague. It may be an ...

Chief Lee Callahan, Burlington, MA; Fellowship of Christian Firefighters International Regional Director / International Board Member

FIREFIGHTER HEALTH

Bought at a price

DO YOU ever wonder where the writers of articles get their material? Something or someone inspires them. It may be a life incident, friend, or colleague. It may be an observation of a current event or the prospect of something happening in the days ahead. It may be the story of someone who overcame adversity. For those of us who claim Christ as Savior, the Holy Spirit may be our inspiration.

“Therefore honor God with your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:20)

I recently read an article in a fire magazine about a firefighter safety authority who recounted his first colonoscopy procedure, designed for early detection of colorectal cancer. The writer’s goal was to convince people of the importance of tests to screen for cancer and other firefighting-related diseases. Many cancers have been linked to firefighting. Lung cancer is one.

First responders have an obligation to do everything in their power to decrease the risk they face for falling victim to diseases. Cancer and heart disease take their toll, not only on the victim, but on family and friends, too.

Proper and timely use of personal protective equipment at each and every fire is our first line of defense against firefighter cancers. Proper screening and healthy lifestyles help put up other barriers against the disease.

You may think, God will take care of me and keep me from getting cancer or similar life-threatening illness. And he may. God may also want to show or teach you something. He could use illness to reach, encourage, and embolden you, or he may use it to teach, reach, encourage, or embolden someone else.

You may wonder, since God is in complete control, Why should I try to protect myself? What does God say about this? The Bible tells us our bodies are a temple for the Holy Spirit. Paul admonished the Corinthians, and us, about this and he continued by mentioning we were bought at a price (the great price of Christ’s life). He also tells us to honor God with our bodies (1 Corinthians 6:19, 20).

Prayer:

Thank you for the reminders, Lord, to take care of my body, a temple of the Holy Spirit. Thank you for the people you use to perform your good works.


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