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Springfield Today July 24, 2018

July 26, 2018 by  
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Well, no one came up with the correct answer from last week’s story full of homophones. So Teri and I will enjoy a DQ together, but will miss having friends with us.

            I remember Bob Benson telling of a conversation he had with a closer friend who had a serious heart attack.  For a while it didn’t look like his friend was going to make it, but slowly with the help of good doctors and medicine, he was finally strong enough for the surgery that would give him a new lease on life.

This is how the conversation went:

“Well, how did you like the heart attack?”

“It scared me to death…almost.”

“Would you do it again?”

“No!’

“Would you recommend it?”

“Definitely not!”

“Does your life mean more to you now than it did before?”

“Well, yes.”

“You and Nell have always had a beautiful marriage, but are you closer now than ever?”

“Yes!”

“How about your new granddaughter?”

“Yes…Did I show you her picture?”

“Do you have a new passion for people – a deeper understanding and sympathy?”

“Yes.”

“Do you know the Lord in a deeper, richer fellowship than you had ever realized could be?”

“Yes.”

“So, how did you like your heart attack?”

And now there was silence.

No one likes a heart attack or wants a heart attack.  No one wants to experience those unexpected, life- changing storms that suddenly blow into our life.  But if they do come, we need to make sure we don’t allow ourselves to drown in the pond of self-pity.  We need to somehow look for the good and what God is teaching us and doing for us – even when we don’t like the circumstances we find ourselves in.

As Christ-followers do we really believe Romans 8:28, or do we only say we believe these words? “And we know in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”

            Do I simply say I believe those words, or do I live like I believe those words?

Do I live like it when things are going well, and it’s easy for me to see the hand of God moving?

And do I live like it when things aren’t going the way I want and expect and I don’t see the hand of God moving?

Are you thankful for what you have or for Who has you?

 

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