This was the picture I sent my hubby from the exam room right after the tongue lashing I received from my doctor last week. Frankly, I was done. Too many doctor visits in one week and I was starting to feel like a pin cushion. I was just done. Now, there will be no medical lawsuit filed for bad bedside manner or bashing him on social media. I really do love my doctor. I met him on a pretty bad day many years ago and he has been a great help as he's seen me through the trenches on some things. He listens and really gets to the root of issues. Even those issues you don't want to deal with. You don't find great docs like that often so he is a gem, but that day he gave me the "what for" because of my neglect of getting in there sooner to take care of some things and, quite frankly, I didn't like him right then. Lol! He didn't buy my whole sob story of "too busy, not enough of me to go around, new school, family responsibilities, can't take time off, I'll get to it when summer rolls around" speech. It didn't sit well with him and I'm pretty sure he gave me the same look as I had in this picture. Whatever doctor! 🙄
But, in all honesty, I'm thankful for him. Though there aren't any major things going on (praise the Lord!🙏🏼), he reminded me that those little things have become bigger things and I need to release my stubbornness and not wait so long. I got the "taking care of yourself is a necessity that needs to be put back on the top of your 'to-do' list so you will be around for a long long time" lecture. Okay, okay!! I get it!
I'm sure most of us find ourselves in situations like these. Life gets busy. We put off things that need attention because it's just not something we want to deal with right now. We think it can wait because our attention is on so many other things that we feel take precedence. This would involve focus on ourselves when others around us need attention too. For me it is always easier to take care of others. It brings me joy! But as some really great (and kind of bossy 😉) people in my life reminded me that taking care of myself helps me better serve others, I decided not to roll my eyes quite as hard and take it to heart. Yes, I have given this same advice out of my own lips to others many times but it didn't apply to me, right? O, how I still have so much to learn in this life. I am a work in progress and a stubborn one at that. 🙄
That's just part of life. You fall down, you get back up. You make a mistake, you learn from it and press on to do better. Or like me, make that mistake again and again and try not to make it AGAIN. Life is hard. But to be all that God wants us to be takes intentionality to apply all that we learn from His Word and on this journey of life. Like you, I really do want to be around for a long time because there is so much I know God has for me. I have great purpose and YOU do too! So, I will continue pouring into Scripture and do as my doctors say. I will make more time for my dear family and loved ones and I will continue working hard for the glory of God!! Life is hard, but it is a gift and everyday I am reminded of just how precious it is! I love this life God has blessed me with! ❤
So for anyone else out there making sense of some hard places, please know you've been prayed for. Let's remember that God is good and He is good at being God. He knows best and it is up to us to be still, listen, and then follow through on what He has for us. Let's also thank those He puts in our lives that encourage us to be the best of us so we can become better!
Blessings to you all this day as we press on the pilgrimage of life! 😊
“Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”
Colossians 3:2 ESV
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
John 10:10 ESV
"As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another."
Proverbs 27:17 NIV
"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls has no one to help them up."
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NIV