It’s been awhile on updates, but it’s basically because I am and feel pretty much healed. My blood work continues to indicate I’m healthy and no signs of any cancer.
Friday, I began the vaccination process with 5 shots. Some will need boosters in a few weeks. Others will follow at about two years post stem cell transplant. The joys of being “one and a half”.
I got to thinking about these immunizations. They are designed and given to prevent disease. They were thought up and designed by those much smarter than I am. They hurt when given.
What are you “taking” or doing to immunize yourself against sin? There are all kinds of Godly things you can take in- Godly books, music, TV shows and movies to name a few. If all you’re doing is “going to church”, then that’s like going to a foreign country plagued by malaria and taking a box of Kleenex to ward it off. That’s not a perfect analogy at all, but hopefully you see my point. Church attendance is important, but it isn’t a “cure all” or the only spiritual food you should be taking in. Invest in your spiritual life or growth won’t happen.
God figured and planned all this out and He is a lot smarter than we are. We try and do things ourselves or even substitute things in His place. Simply follow His will, His plan and His ways for a life with less to worry about. We are like our kids at times. “You can’t tell me what to do” or “I think I know better” becomes the way we live our lives if we aren’t careful. Too many times people put (insert whatever you “love” doing the most) before God. Whether it’s family, work, hobbies or any other often good thing, if it takes your eyes off God, then you need to do some thinking about spiritual priorities.
Shots hurt. So does living a lifestyle in which we are trying to prevent the world/sin from taking hold in our lives. It can single us out. It can seem odd to others. It may cost of friends or times with them when the temptation is there and we skip an outing to not be tempted. Pain inflicted in training helps prepare one for the game/fight/race or whatever one is training for. The pain we may suffer in trying to vaccinate our lives from sin is useful and worth it to our spiritual health.
I love those “Stay thirsty my friend” commercials, so “Stay spiritually healthy my friends” by vaccinating your life against sin.