DO YOU WANT TO GET WELL?
Do you ever have times when you have felt that you just ‘didn’t get it?’ You know, where sometimes you have to hear something a couple of times… Or maybe many, many times before the light bulb in your head clicks on?
As I sat in church this past Sunday, once again, the story of a man who was sick for 38 years was brought to my attention…
Back in the days when Jesus walked the earth, there was a pool… and at certain times, an angel would stir the waters… The first person to step into the water, after the water was stirred, would be healed of whatever disease they had! How cool is that?!?
One day, Jesus saw this man who had been sick for 38 years and asked him, ‘Do you want to get well?
EXCUSES, EXCUSES, EXCUSES!
I would have thought that the man would have answered with a resounding “YES!”
However, he did not…
Instead, he gave Jesus excuses as to why he couldn’t get into the pool.
This got me to thinking. How many times do we make excuses for not taking better care of ourselves?
I know in my own life, I struggle with eating healthy. I know what I should eat, but I make excuses as go why I can’t go without those unhealthy foods!
But as I continued to listen to the story of this man, it came with a new twist…
Our pastor asked us a question. Why didn’t he just say yes? Why did he make excuses? Was it because he was comfortable in his situation? Had he become so used to people taking care of him, that being healed, he might actually have to live a healthy and productive life?!? Perhaps he enjoyed being taken care of… perhaps it was more comfortable for him to wallow in self pity…
This made me stop and wonder… Were there any underlying reasons keeping me from eating healthy…
I’ll share with you next time what I uncovered.
Till then, eat healthy!