The South Pole could be called the healthiest place on earth because there’s no pollution, no dust, and very few people. The air is as fresh and clean as it must have been everywhere before humanity began pouring industrial wastes into the atmosphere. Furthermore, it’s one of few locations where humanity is not bombarded by germs. Not only is it too cold for them to be active, but there’s nothing for them to live on. And since winds start at the South Pole and move northward, they tend to keep away any contaminants from that region.

Now you’d think people would be eager to live in such a germ-free environment but they’re not. With temperatures that drop to 100 degrees below zero, it’s just too cold.

Sometimes in life, we have to make choices, such as a germ-free environment versus cold weather. That is true about our spiritual lives. To enjoy the freedom we find with God, we have to be disciplined in our holy habits of praying, worship attendance and bible study. Hopefully you can work on those disciplines in this upcoming Lenten season.

It is hard to believe that Easter is on the horizon when we celebrate that gift of power and freedom. This year, I hope you will join me four our Second Annual Ash Wednesday Service, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. to begin the Lenten season preparing us for Easter and Holy Week. You can find out more details by e-mailing bmatheny@bellsouth.net or calling 706-347-0480. Don’t put it off. Be disciplined in 2009.

Wishing you much love and much light.

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