3/24/17: The Check-up
I went to the doctor for my annual check-up. I expected to skip in and out of there with the same glowing report as I always get. “Mrs. Elliott, you’re in great shape. I’m proud of your diligence on your treadmill, your heart is strong, your eyes are bright, and you’re doing fine. See you next year.”
Not so fast. I should have left after the new nurse complimented me on looking much younger than my real age. But since I had paid my deductible, I stayed to hear what the doctor had to say. After the usual pleasantries, he started with, “Well, you’re overweight and you’d do well to lose about 15-20 pounds.” (What? How do I do that? I’ve never had to lose weight before. Do I even have the will-power?) “And your blood pressure is high,” he continued. (What? Isn’t high blood pressure an old person’s disease? What’s happening?) “You’ve entered peri-menopause (get me a fan), we need to watch you A1C numbers because of the diabetes that runs in your family, and those pains you’re experiencing in your arms and lower back are nothing to x-ray. They are simply a sign of…” and then he had the nerve to say it, “…the fact that you are getting older.” Yikes.
Well, my doctor told me what to do, prescribed some stuff, and scheduled some additional work and a follow-up appointment. Now the ball is back in my court. Since (as my pastor says) the only disease I’m trying to catch is old age, I intend to be diligent about all the doctor has told me to do to keep my physical life healthy.
Through this I have noticed that it’s actually a lot easier to keep my spiritual life healthy. With my body, I now really have tons of things to think about: work exercise into my super busy schedule, eat more fruits and vegetables, watch the salt intake, drink water, take the meds, get enough sleep, and cut way back on the caffeine. I have only one thing to do spiritually – keep in touch with Jesus. God’s prescription is nothing I have to time or calculate. As long as I have my spiritual blue-tooth in my ear (which includes easy stuff like prayer, Bible study, and church attendance), He can buzz me when it’s time for some kind of action, and I can buzz Him when I need to check-in. It’s a 24/7/365 attachment.
Colossians 1:10 “…live a life worthy of the Lord and …please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God (NIV).”
See your doctor and keep your body healthy, but also don’t neglect your spiritual health.
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