Thursday, October 13, 2011

Wellness of Mind

Kathryn went to her Bible study last night and is planning to go out tonight to the Blue Ridge Women's Center fundraiser.  Last week at this time she was getting a bag of electrolytes and wishing for physical relief.  Seven days later, with the right antibiotic, she is doing very well.  We are all so very grateful for the many people praying for her.  Your prayers help sustain her spirit while everything else may appear to be falling apart.  

Can chronic problems such as the ones Kathryn has experienced be attention seeking?  Possibly, but one cannot fake broken ribs, osteoporosis, complete blood count results, endoscopy studies, and adrenal insufficiency; just to name a few of the events of the past five years   It is one thing to have to live life this way, but still another to hear cruel statements from those without understanding or mercy.  We just studied Ephesians chapter four with our church group and I thought about the words Kathryn has had to endure and forgive.  Kathryn has wellness of mind.  She is amazing, and I am so proud of her.  In many ways she has taught me how to accept hardship with grace, and let the small stuff go.  I am not always as successful as Kathryn, but I still have a loving God working on my own heart.  

I once thought a woman I knew had an eating disorder because of her extremely thin frame.  I discovered many years later that she had a profoundly diseased GI system that was not allowing her to absorb nutrients.  She had no control over her body weight, but simply lived the best she could.  When I found that out, I felt terrible about making a snap judgement that I had no business making about her.  I asked God to forgive me for being judgemental, but have to admit it was a very easy thing to do.  When I hear criticisms directed at Kathryn for the way she is handling life, I have to remember how easy it was for me to make comments unbecoming a Christian.  In an age where people say whatever they like without a thought of how it destroys those who hear it, I think I'd rather live by the words of Ephesians 4:29 and experience the peace He promises.

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.


The Window from which we look

A young couple moves into a new neighborhood.
The next morning while they are eating breakfast,
The young woman sees her neighbor hanging the wash outside.

"That laundry is not very clean," she said.
"She doesn't know how to wash correctly.
Perhaps she needs better laundry soap."

Her husband looked on, but remained silent.

Every time her neighbor would hang her wash to dry,
The young woman would make the same comments.

About one month later, the woman was surprised to see a
Nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband:

"Look, she has learned how to wash correctly.
I wonder who taught her this."


The husband said, "I got up early this morning and
Cleaned our windows."


And so it is with life. What we see when watching others
Depends on the purity of the window through which we look.

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