Our bodies belong to our Creator

Published 12:00 am Friday, May 14, 2004

“Get High on Life” – Harold Keller

Life is made up of many choices, some good – some bad, but regardless, we have to pay the consequences for every decision.

I enlisted in the U.S. Navy when I was 18 years old. The only reason I did was because while drinking one day, a friend of mine, who was intoxicated at the time, suggested we join the Navy. I quickly said OK. All my so-called friends heard me agree to sign up as soon as possible.

The next day, after I sobered up, I had second thoughts about my commitment to spend four years in the service.

Because of pride, I left home, not really wanting to, but to honor a decision made while under the influence of alcohol. I am quick to say that the time I spent serving my country has never been regretted. it was good for me.

On the way to the induction center, my dad gave me lots of advice. I’m most thankful for the last thing he told me. His last request as we said goodbye, with tears in his eyes, was to please not ever get a tattoo.

Many sailors are attracted to tattooes, and I was tempted many times. I remember being drunk in a tattoo parlor and at the last minute always remembering my father pleading not to deface my body. How grateful I am today for a wise dad!

The reason I mention this experience is because tattooes are popular today with young people, including many girls. All the people I’ve met who had tattooes said that they regretted it, with the exception of one man, and I honestly believe he had too much pride to admit that he had made a mistake.

Remember that God created us in His image and likeness, and we should not disfigure God’s property. Our bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit, and we should not abuse them.

I repeat – life is made up of many choices. some good – some bad. The perfect defense for many people, especially with the pro-abortionist, is to say it’s my body, I can do with it as I please. The person getting a tattoo says the same – it’s my body. I think that when we realize that our bodies belong to God, and we’re His property; we will never want to abuse ourselves, whether it be tattooes, abortions or drugs.

HAROLD KELLER writes this column as part of his affiliation with the Get High on Life religious motivational organization. Call 652-8477 or write to P.O. Drawer U, Reserve, LA 70084.