Impaired & Imperfect

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The longer I live the more I realize how imperfect I am. I also realize that others aren’t perfect either. We all have struggles at one level or another. I am also keenly aware of how blessed I am to be born into the United States. I don’t always agree with the politicians who lead our government, but I’m thankful to live here. I also realize that as great as our country is, we aren’t perfect for sure. I’ve never met anyone who is perfect. I remember as a young kid, I was strong and didn’t feel like I had imperfections, but I did. The older I get the more imperfections seem to rear their head. For example, I can’t see as well as I once did and my hearing has slipped a bit as well.

Jesus makes a statement that speaks to my impaired and imperfect condition. He is hanging out with obviously non-religious people when making this statement. Check this out…

As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed him.

10 Later, Matthew invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. 11 But when the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with such scum?”

12 When Jesus heard this, he said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.” 13 Then he added, “Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.” (Matthew 9:9-13 NLT)

I think it’s important for me to become aware of my failures and my imperfections. I’m thankful that I’m loved in spite of them. Our health systems across the country have opened these medical clinics for people to avoid the wait at the doctor’s office or Emergency Room. They are convenient and easy to get in and out. When I think of my spiritual health, I’m often in need of major surgery or time in the Intensive Care Unit. I am in need of Jesus speaking into my heart on a daily basis. My time in the Word is much like “out-patient care”. I go to church to get encouragement, motivation and inspiration to keep living out my faith. The church is full of people like me who need spiritual help and encouragement. Some people in our church need major surgery on their heart or head. I remember years ago when I had a spiritual “heart transplant”. As healthy as I appear now, I’m still impaired and imperfect, but the Lord uses people like me to encourage and lead others to Him because I’ve “been there and done that”. I’m so thankful for His patience and persistence in healing my impaired & imperfect heart.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Health Care: Physical & Spiritual

 

Health Care Collage Words Medicine BackgroundIn the last few years much has been made of the Affordable Health Care Act (aka Obama Care) that was instituted by President Barak Obama in 2010. The idea was to increase the quality and affordability of health care for all Americans. I will let someone else determine the actual impact of this legislation. Some felt it was more than time for the government to help with healthcare, while others were appalled that the government would have so much knowledge about something so personal as our health.

In the Old Testament, the Priest was in charge of the physical health as well as the spiritual health of the nation. The Lord has specific instructions regarding certain health issues and how they were to be examined. The priests were not only in charge different offerings for sin, but they were also responsible for examining physical wellbeing of the people. Check this out…

54 These are the regulations for any defiling skin disease, for a sore, 55 for defiling molds in fabric or in a house, 56 and for a swelling, a rash or a shiny spot, 57 to determine when something is clean or unclean.

These are the regulations for defiling skin diseases and defiling molds. (Leviticus 14:54-57 NIV)

The ceremony for helping someone become “clean” after being infected was pretty elaborate. The Lord cared deeply about a person’s health then and I believe He still cares today. I’ve heard that our inventions and ourselves have brought many of the debilitating sicknesses that we have today on. I talk to the Lord all the time about my health and the health of my family. I know that no one escapes death, but I would like the quantity and quality of life to be good up to the day of death. I also know that eternally our physical health will no longer be an issue. I also believe that this life is preparatory for eternal life. I think it’s totally appropriate to ask the Lord for help with physical issues here and now because it reveals my dependence on Him for everything.

Creator God created me in my mother’s womb. He built me, wired me and He has given me great health. I don’t understand Cancer, Alzheimer’s, Lou Gehrig’s disease and many other debilitating diseases. I only know that I will cling to the Lord no matter how or when I get sick or my family gets sick. He is the Real One Who is in charge of my physical health AND spiritual health.

Pressing On!

Dwayne