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Is It Bad Enough Yet?

Some doctors wait to treat an ailment when the pain becomes so severe the patient can’t tolerate it anymore. If a patient comes in knowing something’s wrong but can carry out their normal activities of daily living, sleep uninterrupted they’re told to come back when they can’t bear the discomfort any more.  The tests prove there’s a problem but sometimes that’s not enough.  Some doctors choose no treatment until the pain literally changes a person’s life.

You would think the opposite would be true.  You go to a professional because you know something’s not right and you want something done to prevent the problem from disrupting your normal life and leave frustrated because you’re told your pain – your inability to function – is what will bring relief.  “Come back when you can’t stand it anymore.”  Wait.  Isn’t that what we’re trying to avoid?

Some doctors want to jump right in and fix a problem before it gets to the point of altering our lives and we’re hesitant to move forward.  We talk ourselves into living with it.  “It’s not that bad; I’ve had it this long, I can stand it until, well, I can’t stand it anymore”, and we leave in the same condition we came in.

We deal with something as long as we can then we ask for help (from God, friends, etc), sometimes wanting someone (or something) to relinquish us from what we know is going to happen – yet we find ourselves, sometimes for years, dealing with the same thing, day after day, year after year and nothing changes.  It’s manageable; it’s not perfect but it hasn’t killed me…yet.  So we muddle on sometimes grabbing for spontaneous relief for the moment until the next time…and the next…

Do things have to be ‘that bad’ before we deal with them?  No. More often than not, we try everything (and everyone) leaving God as our last resort.  Need produces necessary action; that alone is often the “why” of why it’s happening.

Is ‘it’ bad enough yet?  Are you sick of the pain, frustration, depression, inaction, nothing ever changing?  Situations beg the question – “is it bad enough to turn to God”? Like doctors, sometimes He allows us to get to that unbearable place of no relief before we turn to him.  Why?  Because He knows sometimes we’ll only look to Him when our feet are inches from the cliff.  We can submit any time – way sooner than we do – and relinquish our pain and burden to Him.  Is it bad enough yet to give it to God?  It doesn’t have to be.  Let’s do it.  Now.

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

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A Dinner To Remember (John 12)

Just last week, he awoke hearing that familiar voice calling his name.   Bound by death-wrap in a cold tomb, he obeyed his Master by getting up and waiting for someone to unwrap him.  What had just happened?  I wonder what Lazarus remembered (?did he remember he died) what did he think about finding himself one minute on his deathbed and the next, standing while his loved ones unwrapped him? Can’t wait to talk to him about that experience!

Now alive, he finds himself sitting at the table with Jesus. Just a normal dinner; He had probably eaten with them many times as Lazarus is identified in the Bible as being loved by Jesus.  I must laugh.  This occasion had to be anything but normal.  Sick. Dead. Body wrapped in a tomb.  Over. The voice. Awake. Alive.  Out.  Now…sitting at a table with the One who called Him back to life.  Can you imagine?

No wonder Mary had to break out her best bottle of fragrance to anoint Jesus.  That kind of gratefulness for what Jesus had recently done for her family required a major display of gratitude.  I imagine she just had to do something to show Him what was in her heart.

Jesus has done the same for us, in a way.  We were walking dead, perhaps with no hope, little happiness, getting through this life as best we could then He came to us and changed us. Perhaps we were wrapped in the death-wrap of some addiction, chronic bad lifestyles or haunted by life-stealing horrible memories and never-ending pain when we heard ‘The Voice’, saw His face and became alive…really alive for the very first time.  If you haven’t had that experience, you can by simply calling His name to save you.  Believe me I know.  Jesus has changed everything for me, and continues to, every day of my life.

Let Jesus give you a “dinner to remember” today.

Blessed by Definition

BLESSED: (def) fortunate, happy; favored by God; to praise, to cause to prosper.

Does the definition above fit what you call blessed?

“Blessed” because you got new cars, shoes, houses…we’ve distorted the word’s definition in the Bible to fit our own. Does that mean those without material possessions, without new homes, clothes, cars are not blessed? One of my favorite sayings is “Jesus did not die on the cross and rise again to give you new shoes”.

When you don’t get the stuff you want, what happens then? God failed you? You didn’t get what you asked Him for, whether it be a need or a want, so do you feel you’ve done something wrong, failed? Does it mean you aren’t blessed and He doesn’t love you?

Here’s what I think “blessed” means:

– you’ve suffered the loss of a significant person in your life. Although your heart is broken you still manage to smile and be positive, taking every step forward in faith. You know God orchestrates the events of your life and you trust Him completely. It’s a miracle you have a deep down, unshakable peace that shows. BLESSED!
– you’ve lost pretty much everything in your house because of a natural disaster, but your whole family lived. You have no insurance, no resources and you have to start replacing literally everything in your home. You don’t have a place to sleep of your own anymore, yet you’re absolutely sure every need will be met. You’re devastated yes, but you walk the road to recovery knowing everything will be all right. You have your moments of fear but you don’t linger there because you know the storm didn’t rip God the great Provider from you and as long as you have Him it will all work out. BLESSED!
– you’ve just been given the diagnosis of a life-threatening…and surely a life-changing…disease. You hear all the negatives and yes, you’re scared. Yet, when you tell people about it, they see something indescribable in you. They see your peace, and watch you deal with the treatments, medications, sicknesses associated and you still smile! You’re praising God for real, trusting Him every step of the way, regardless of how sick you are, whether you’re on your feet or in bed and because of your example, they give their lives to God wanting Him to see them through just as He has you. BLESSED!

I could go on and on. I have seen His blessing on many lives and I know what blessed is by HIS definition. It’s what I call myself ALL the time…whether I have or have not, good or bad, plenty or lack. I am blessed regardless of what I can touch with my hands. I BELIEVE I am blessed because I go by what He says blessed is and that is plenty good for me!