The clinic was crowded that day, so I had to sit in the only available chair, the bariatric chair.
(This is an oversized chair).
I noticed that I was staring at a vending machine, selling an assortment of chocolates and sugary snacks.
To the right of this machine was another vending machine, selling soda.
To the right of this machine was a colourful wall display and pamphlets entitled : DIABETES CARE.
Several young children were crying loudly. They were not crying because they were ill, but because they wanted some candy from the machines, and their moms did not have any change.
The irony of sitting in the bariatric chair while gazing at the snacks was too much for me, and I started to laugh to myself.
This caught the attention of other patients, so I turned my gaze to the left. A television was turned on to the local cable station, and obituaries were being displayed.
By now my anxiety had reached a very high level. I told the receptionist I needed to reschedule my appointment, and I left the clinic. It was my first experience at the outport clinic.
As Christians, we should be role models for physical health and fitness.
Although our spiritual health, of course, needs to be considered first, Christ chose to live in a physical body for 33 years.
We also believe that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, and our faith clearly teaches the resurrection of the body. Our physical selves are fearfully and wonderfully made.
Christ told us to love God, and to love our neighbours as we love ourselves. And, loving ourselves always involves nourishing ourselves, and our loved ones carefully and wisely.
As we age, our immune system weakens, and thus we need to pay extra attention to the wholesome food that we eat. As our metabolism slows, we generally require smaller portions to maintain our ideal weight. And, maintaining our weight helps us to age gracefully.
As the years passed, my husband and I were instrumental in bringing about some needed changes at the clinic.
May the Lord grant us the grace to love and cherish our physical selves, especially as we face the passage of years.
The photo, courtesy of iStock, shows snacks similar to the snacks in the clinic.