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Have You Done a Self-Examination?

A Doctor’s Instructions

I don’t want to get too TMI-ish, but as we get older the doctors say we should do more self-examinations. Have you ever been told this?

Doctor visits can be depressing 😉

You ladies are regularly told by your physicians to check for unusual or suspicious lumps in certain places. We men are told the same thing, just not as often (it’s not a subject we’re comfortable with).

But despite the awkwardness, all of us need to be reminded that it’s our responsibility to examine ourselves in between doctor visits. Fact is, embarrassing as it may be to discuss, a self-examination can mean the difference between life and death.

An Apostle’s Instructions

But as awkward as it is to discuss our bodies, the spiritual lives of people tend to be much more private and less likely to be examined. Yet, what does the Apostle Paul (a true Doctor of the Faith) recommend?

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? – 2 Corinthians 13:5 (KJV)

Or, as another translation interprets it…

Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine. Test yourselves. Surely you know that Jesus Christ is among you; if not, you have failed the test of genuine faith. (NLT)

Believe it or not, there are many, many people who think they are in perfect spiritual health, but in reality, they are terminal. Consider the following examples.

  • Bob goes to church every day the doors are open, including cleaning day.
  • Henry gives 20% of his income and 10% of his time to the church. If there’s a need, ask Henry.
  • Margaret goes to a fundamental church, uses the “right” translation of the Bible, and never wears anything but a long dress (except when she wears culottes to the beach).
  • Mary would never say a dirty word, tell an off-color joke, or even permit foul language in her presence.
  • Sharon put aside marriage and gave her life to helping orphans in the streets of Mumbai.
  • Frank and Karen have Bible studies in their home, take the kids to Sunday School, have gold crosses in every room, not to mention on their necks.
  • A rich young ruler has kept ALL the commandments (not just the big 10), even since he was a boy.

Are you like Bob or Mary? What about Sharon or Frank and Karen? Are the above people spiritually healthy, or could there be hidden cancer not yet removed?

Remember Ephesians 2:8-9? Works don’t save people; faith in Christ does. It’s not about the life you live; it’s Who’s life is in you.

My Advice

Look, I’m not an M.D. or an apostle, but if you’d like my advice, here’s what I have to offer.

  • Listen to your doctor and do what you need to – check for those lumps and things. Your life could depend on it.
  • Listen to the words of Paul and do a spiritual self-examination. Is your faith genuine?
  • Go to the top of this blog and click on the “Eternal Life” tab and consider what is written.

Don’t neglect the health of your body… or your soul.



Filed under Christianity, fitness, Life/Death, salvation

Whatever Happened to a Woman’s Right to Privacy?

The “Right to Privacy.” It’s something the left has argued for decades as one of our most important rights guaranteed by the 14th Amendment. Yet, when it comes to a woman’s right to privacy in a restroom or shower, the staunch defenders of Roe v. Wade are silent.

I find it interesting that Roe v. Wade affirms and guarantees “a right of personal privacy, or a guarantee of certain areas or zones of privacy” (410 U.S. at 152-53), yet the very “zones” where some of the most intimate and private moments of a woman’s life takes place are being allowed to be violated.

What about women’s health? In the abortion debate, “health” is not limited to the physical, but includes all facets of psychology. Therefore, according to the left, abortions cannot be limited only to those births which could pose a risk to a woman’s life, but must also include those which could have the potential of bringing about mental and psychological stress.

Essentially, proponents of Roe v. Wade have argued that abortions should be kept legal because a woman could risk becoming embarrassed with her body should she start gaining unwanted weight. Well, then, what’s wrong with trying to protect a woman from the mental anguish of having her genitals exposed to uninvited male gazes?

It seems to me that women from both the right AND the left should be rising up against what is essentially nothing more than a male-friendly infringement upon a woman’s right to deny access to her most intimate moments.

But then again, it wasn’t really about a woman’s rights as much as it was about money and the loosening of moral restraints, was it? If not, then instead of protesters carrying posters reading, “Stay out of my uterus,” where are the ones shouting, “Stay out of our bathrooms!“?

Ladies, your “privy” is no longer private, and your safe zone is has been compromised. It would seem you have a civil rights issue powdering its nose while your rights are being flushed.



Filed under Abortion, America, Culture Wars, current events

Waiting Room Literature

I don’t know if it has ever crossed your mind, but I have a mind that is crossed by a lot of strange and unusual observations, including this one…

The worse the literature in a waiting room, the longer you have to wait.

Really! It’s true! It is a fact as verifiable as the truth that ginger ale tastes better in an airliner at 30+ thousand feet (I would love comments on that one). Here’s another observation…

The better the literature, the quicker you will be seen by a doctor.

Trust me, I have a wife and three daughters. I have spent more time in OBGYN, pediatrician, emergency room, and hair stylist waiting rooms than I care to calculate. On top of that, I have spent countless hours sitting in waiting areas while either my car was serviced, or one of the females in my life tried on more garments than a sweat shop in China can make in a month.

I KNOW waiting room literature. What typically happens to me is that I will either be sequestered in a room full of cooking magazines and back issues of AARP Today, or I will be handed five men’s magazines and be called back in three minutes.

You see, it’s like this… If a waiting room has 10 issues of Women’s Health or Ladies Home Journal beside every chair, consider yourself in purgatory. On the other hand, if there are new issues of Car and Driver, Smithsonian, Robb Report, or the latest edition of Jane’s Book of Weapons that Every Man would Like to Have, expect Gabriel’s trumpet to sound at any moment, because you won’t get a chance to read them.

So, this brings me to the following picture. Sitting in the pediatrician’s office with my wife and two of our girls, having to endure the constant dripping of word after word, I needed to zone out – I needed a distraction. Honestly, with the battery on my iPhone going dead, there was NOTHING else to read. Can you guess how long we were there?

I’m always looking for a way to make a spiritual application to life’s situations. But honestly, I am at a loss for this post. There has to be a Biblical truth that is applicable to enduring the waiting rooms of life. Can you think of one? Hmmm?

Who knows, I may use it in an upcoming sermon 😉


Filed under book review, General Observations, Life Lessons, Relationships and Family