If you have a few years behind you, you know this:
“There are things you can do, have or experience that seem good but in the long run turn out to be not good at all.”
I Loved Smoking as a Teen and into Middle Age
When I was about 15 years old I had a summer job with two other boys; one was a year older seemed a little more streetwise and smoked cigarettes. It did not take too long, as we worked together doing landscape work for his uncle, before he talked me into trying a cigarette. It was the beginning of a 25 years bad habit. In those younger years I shared the bad habit with my friends; we experimented with brands of cigarettes,pipes and cigars: it was great fun. When the cost challenged our ability to keep a steady supply of cigarettes we learned how to make our own: we got tobacco, paper and even a handy little machine to make rolling them easy. When I enlisted in the army in May 1968 the smoking habit was well entrenched and army life enhanced the desire to smoke.
The Years Rolled By and I Tried to Quit any Times
Finally I really quit sometime in my early 40’s which meant I had smoked for at least 25 years at a significant rate: more that 2 packs of cigarettes a day most of the time. I was hopeful that the cigarettes with filters would lessen the dangers associated with smoking; that became more and more evident and was well publicized. The non smoking years rolled buy and I believed my old bad habit’s potential for negative health effects was a thing I had escaped.
My Doctor told me I had 20% lung damage
More than 25 years after I quit smoking I developed respiratory problems and soon I will have medical tests to gauge just how significant my health situation is because of the past when I smoked.
Deadly things may look very beautiful.
What once seemed good was not good at all.
As a follower of Jesus Christ, a student of GOD’s Word and one who fights negatives and fosters positives, I see our Human perception is often limited and wrong. When I go to GOD’s Word I see that it offers warnings about things that fool us: sin that seems good leads to very negative outcomes even eternal death. The following examples from The Holy Bible may help you avoid calamity here on Earth and eternal damnation after your body dies.
Examples from the ESV* Bible
Proverbs 14:12 ESV
There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.
Matthew 7:15 ESV
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.
Matthew 7:13 ESV
“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.
Proverbs 31:30 ESV
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Proverbs 6:25 ESV
Do not desire her beauty in your heart, and do not let her capture you with her eyelashes;
Judges 16:13 ESV
Then Delilah said to Samson, “Until now you have mocked me and told me lies. Tell me how you might be bound.” And he said to her, “If you weave the seven locks of my head with the web and fasten it tight with the pin, then I shall become weak and be like any other man.”
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