Greetings Cascade Family and Friends,
It’s Monday evening. As I sat down to prepare this blog, I revisited one of the many devotions I read daily. This one comes out of Proverbs and it says, “Above all else, Guard your heart, for everything you do comes out of it” (Proverbs 4:23). Another translation declares, “Keep your heart with all diligence; For out it spring the issues of life.” Of course, the writer of Proverbs was offering advice to readers on how to live life free of the things that are not of God--malice, jealousy, envy, and the like. And I agree that this is certainly good advice to live by. However, I am reminded that we are also in the midst of a “Heart Healthy” campaign, which places emphasis on us doing the things that keep our hearts physically healthy.
During worship on this past Sunday, we joined the American Heart Association in raising awareness and sensitivity to heart disease in women. On Sunday, February 26, during both services, our own Dr. William Cooper, world renown thoracic and cardiac surgeon, will be sharing information from his book, Heart Attack: Truth, Tragedy, Triumph, which also focuses on heart health. I thought I would take this opportunity to encourage all of us, both men and women, to take seriously our need to be good to our hearts. High blood pressure and high cholesterol seem to be more prevalent among African Americans. If ignored or untreated, both conditions can lead to heart attack or stroke. Though, both conditions are treatable, I have spoken to way too many persons who either refuse to take the meds or who as soon as they think they are better, decide to stop taking them. Neither decision is a good one, and either could cause permanent damage or death. We are blessed with advances in medicine and persons among us who want to help us remain here to enjoy heart-healthy lives. Let us take advantage of what God has made available to us.
Let’s all agree that we will do our part personally, and encourage everyone we know to take seriously the mandate to “Guard our Hearts.” Our bodies are the temples of God. We should treat them as such.
Blessings……………… Pastor Lawrence L. Young