Monday, April 26, 2010

It could always be worse!

Right now I am having tremendous problem with my back. While it is not the worst pain I have ever felt with it, it still enough that lays me up that I cant go anywhere or do anything. It is very frustrating. I am very frustrated. Well, right I am not because I just spent some time with the Lord and He says:

"It could be worse"

And how right He is. Right now even in my own world there is: 1. My pastor is facing life changes due to diabetes, almost lost his foot, still not out of the woods and is having to be in a wheelchair for who knows how long! 2. One of my favorites students just lost his great grandmother, is being shunned by his immediate family and faces another life change with meeting his other family he has never met before two weeks ago. 3. my former music minister is dealing with recurrence of cancer, all new treatments and meds 4. a friend told us of her friend that was put in a coma due to seizures and 5. one of the lovely ladies of our church is facing knee replacement at a senior age.

"It could be worse"

When this happens I am always tempted to be selfish. to throw a pity party. to worry. with is stupid because not only is worry a SIN but stress and worry makes my back worse. I am not facing any major crisis. I KNOW that i will get better and be back to my obnoxious self soon. I know the Lord will take care of the ministry if i am not there. I KNOW all this stuff.

"It could be worse"

I don't know if anyone will read this. Maybe it was just for me to get it all out. I know this doesn't have to do with ministry except for the fact that all ministers face tests, pain, suffering, stress and problems. so rest in the fact that the Lord is in control He will handle it.

John 16:33 "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world"

"It could be worse"


danyates said...

i read it...

Susan said...

What a beautiful reminder to keep perspective throughout every situation. Here's hoping you're back to your "obnoxious self" soon! =)

STACEY said...

I hope you feel better soon Jimmy. And thank you it helps to keep things in perspective. I think of my favorite verse often Psalm 118:24 "This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."

crazydaisy said...

I readja.....

Psalm 27: 14 says "Wait for the Lord, be strong and take heart. Wait for the Lord." Wait and be strong, even though we don't know why things happen, just wait for the Lord.

StLphotogirl said...

It's so true. We both could have things way, WAY worse. I am glad to see you are keeping your spirits up. I will do the best that I can to take care of you even more than usual. Love ya.

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