Perhaps you have seen the television commercials which feature Sally Field as a spokesperson for Boniva, a drug that is used to treat and prevent osteoporosis in post-menopausal women.  Field is a widely recognized actress known for roles ranging from Gidget and a flying nun to Academy Award-winning performances in major motion pictures.  Apparently, she has been greatly benefited by taking Boniva and comes across as very genuine and sincere instead of just another celebrity-for-hire pitching for a pharmaceutical company.   Though the FDA approved the drug in 2003, I only became aware of Boniva’s existence recently through the tv ads.  I guess advertising really does work! 

Near the end of the television spot, Sally Field states, “I’ve got this one body and this one life.”  I fully understand the intent of her statement.  In the context of touting a medication that can increase bone density and curb premature bone loss, it is a call for people to avail themselves of a means of improving their health and quality of life.  I am extremely grateful to God for advances in medical science that have made possible the treatment and even cure of a multitude of diseases and conditions.  

There is no doubt that Coleman’s regimen of every-other-day injections of Neupogen (filgrastim) for the first seven years of his life kept him alive.  Even now, he is receiving periodic injections because of dramatic fluctuations in his neutrophil count that are leaving him with a suppressed immune system.  So, I definitely get the whole idea of “let’s take care of our bodies and live as healthily as possible.”

But, as a Christian, I am grateful that I’ve got more than “this one body and this one life.”  Boniva may prolong bone health for a significant number of years, but those bones will still eventually return to the dust from which they were made (Gen. 3:19; Eccl. 3:20).  This earthly life, even at its longest, is still just a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes (James 4:14).  Is that all there is?  Just one body and one life?  Not even close!

When my earthly body is spent and dies, my soul (my true “life”) continues its existence uninterrupted.  My spirit will return to the God who gave it (Eccl. 12:7).  My soul will depart to be with Christ (Acts 7:59; Phil. 1:23).  There I will be in His presence in Paradise, in the bosom of Abraham, until I and all of God’s departed saints return with Christ on the last great Day to be joined with a new body that is perfect, imperishable, and fitted for God’s eternal kingdom (I Cor. 15:42-58; I Thess. 4:13-18).

Coleman’s next body will be free from congenital blood disorders and genetic abnormalities.  His mind and his body will be unimpaired, fully functional, and perfect.  He will speak.  His voice will join in the song of Moses and the song of the Lamb in praise to the Almighty and His Son.

That’s a whole lot better than Boniva!  Eternally better!

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