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August 25, 2014, 11:00 AM




    “You are the light of the world … let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16).

   I have written recently about our community children returning to school, obesity, and last of weekend food for some children. We have a wonderful person, a local school teacher in our church, who calls her students “her precious ones.” Let me use that phrase here as I attempt to address another concern. I want for our children to be able to have the good smells of home, especially while food is be prepared for dinner. I know a lady who has confessed to me that several times a week, all three meals in one day come from McDonalds.

   I know that today many families are made up of both parents working and in single parent homes, that one parent is usually working. I also understand that “time” is not always on our side so many meals are take-out or microwaved.  Could it be that too many children pop food into their mouths without joy? They eat the main course without the appetizer of anticipation.

   I have spoken with many young people in schools where I have lived and I have gathered a list of ways that they can help themselves … actually this can be a list for you and for me, too!

  • Treat yourself with special care as you would treat a best friend.

  • It’s okay to be who you are. You need only to be in competition with yourself to make a better you.

  • Eat well and take your vitamins. Your body is a sacred temple.

  • Realize how much your family loves you, and say “I love you” often.

  • Keep optimistic.

  • Make a commitment that you want to live – everyone has dreams and talents that we all need to make a better world.

  • Care about each other.

  • Be thankful for all your many blessings.

   I would suggest that health is achieved when we establish a balance of mind, body, and spirit.

Remember, “You are the light of the world…” 08.24.2014

Dr. Rick Baggett is pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Ardmore (the church with the bells) and can be reached at:

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