The stomach is the most useful and powerful organ in your body. You can pour boiling coffee into it and it will cool the coffee. You can force frozen ice cream into it and it will warm it instantly. Almost any substance or bacteria can be broken down within its acidic chambers. Three-fourths of it can be removed and the remainder will make up for the loss. You really have to do something extraordinary to foul up such an organ. However, according to the AMA there are some surefire ways to mess up this unique machine.

Let your career be your first priority. Vacations are a waste of time, and weekends are opportunities to take care of the loose ends you missed at the office. Always make sure that everything is done exactly the way you want it, and the best way to be sure, do it yourself. Besides delegation is for wimps. Never agree with the opposition, then you’d both be wrong.

Stay alert, you don’t want to miss any opportunities that come along. Five or six cups of coffee before noon will help, and a few cans of Red Bull can keep you from getting drowsy in the afternoon. Time is money, and with a little practice, you can get along fine with just three or four hours of sleep. Ignore minor symptoms like abdominal pain, nausea, or dizziness. You have to be tough to make it in this world. Besides, it will pass.

Watch a lot of News, and when possible listen to as many political talking heads as you can find, the more radical the better. Allow yourself the opportunity to get worked up emotionally over everything. A good dose of concern gives you the appearance of compassion and can help you determine who to blame. The world is in the toilet, and you have the blunger in your hand.

Continue with one or more of these and you will soon be able to display with pride that symbol of social distinction demanded by any self-respecting status seeker, a full-blown peptic ulcer.

Something that had once been held exclusively by an elite group of Corporate wheelers and dealers, is now a common affliction of America’s children. According to the AMA, 8.1% of children in Europe, and 17.4% in the US will be diagnosed with peptic ulcers. The virus is called worry, an affliction that Jesus addresses directly:

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” – Matthew 6:25-27

The Greek term that Matthew uses for “worry”, or in some translations “anxiety” or “anxious”, is MERIMNAO. It is a combination of two words, MERIZO, meaning “to Divide”, and NOUS, meaning “the Mind”. In other words, a person who worries suffers from a divided mind, incapable of calm, rational, and logical thought, not to mention the ability to trust God. With the fear and worry of our world today, is it any wonder common sense and a sound mind simply no longer exists?

Think about that for a while. You and the next generation are counting on it.

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