Daily Thanks – 24 of 30

The root of all illness stems from the improper use of our minds. I don’t mean the acts of hurting/killing people, stealing, deceiving, discriminating against, or fighting – these are no doubt terrible acts, but are the manifestations or results of our mental misuse (referred to as “mental dusts.”)
The dusts are: miserliness, covetousness, anger, hatred, self-love, grudge bearing, greed, and arrogance. We have free use of our minds but when we think only selfishly, we accumulate mental dusts which eventually may block the ability to receive God’s blessings & make ourselves vulnerable to contracting disease.
The body’s immune system is the natural defense against bacteria, viruses, parasites, and other pathogens. It consists of certain cells, tissues, and organs placed throughout the body, protecting against intruders.
You may have heard of many of these but may not know the function of each. However, rather than going into the details, suffice it to say that these components create white blood cells and antibodies to fight off the bad stuff.
The immune system includes: lymph nodes, the spleen, bone marrow, the thymus, and lymphocytes. But how do they know how much defense is needed, and which cells to attack?
Too little defense and we may suffer from immunodeficiency syndrome making the body prone to infections. On the other hand, an overactive immune system can result in autoimmune disorders where the body attacks itself rather than just the intruders. Like everything else in our borrowed bodies, maintaining the perfect balance is key.
On Day 24 I am THANKFUL that when we are healthy, God the Parent maintains this delicate balance for us so we need not even think about it.
But if we are afflicted by a prolonged or serious illness, it’s important to self-reflect on our use of mind, and clear away mental dusts that may have been accumulating. We can do this by praying to God to help change our attitude, and to  focus on the benefit of others instead of only ourselves.

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I am a fourth generation American of Japanese descent. My great-grandfather immigrated to Hawaii in 1907, and founded Taiheiyo Church in 1931. My grandfather became the 2nd head minister in 1956, and my father succeeded him as the 3rd head minister in 1981. On November 7, 2015, I was installed as the 4th head minister.

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