Way of Life
With my own health issues, several friends that are dealing
with serious health problems, and others with major life challenges, I found
the words of Paul in 2 Corinthians speaking directly to me. So much so, that I used the following verses when
leading our morning chapel/prayer time at the office this week:
“We live in such a way that no one will
stumble because of us…”
“We patiently endure troubles and hardships
and calamities of every kind.” (6:4b)
“We prove ourselves by our purity, our
understanding, our patience, our kindness, by the Holy Spirit within us, and by
our sincere love.” (6:6)
hearts ache, but we always have joy.” (6:10a)
we are the temple of the living God.” (6:16b)
us cleanse ourselves of everything
that can defile our body or spirit. And
let us work toward complete holiness because we fear God.” (7:1)
What a challenge for me today, and everyday, regardless
of what may be before me. It is far too
easy to get all wrapped up in ME and forget whom I am here to serve.
My physical exam went well on the surface, but we are awaiting
lab reports an Echo Cardiogram that is scheduled to further check a bit of a
problem that did not show up on the EKG but was observed by the doctor while
examining me. We don’t anticipate that
it is a major problem but it does need further checking.
I plan to go to Raleigh/Durham to spend the weekend with
friend Keith who will be celebrating his 41st birthday. I am looking forward to this time with him
and also with his mom and brother who have invited me to have dinner with them
in Wake Forest.
Your prayers, emails, notes and calls are a tremendous
encouragement! It is always a delight to
catch up with each of you.