Yep! So much medicine I have to keep it organized! This was my dad’s medicine organizer. Who would have ever thought I would need it so soon. One pill a day and one pill three times a week turned into 14 pills throughout the day seemingly overnight! With medicine comes side effects. Being a nurse I do “nursy” things like read all of the information that comes with the medicine. It can be scary as clowns when you think about it but I need to determine what is my body’s normal and what could be side effects. I will not lie – this has been and still is a difficult path I am on! My muscles and nervous system are effected. Praise God it’s more muscle because I don’t have pain – most of the time. Muscle spasms and or cramps are the absolute worst! And lucky me they are a side effect of the medicine I take to help the receptors get the message to the muscle. I only take this pill every 3 hours. Every 4 hours was not working for me so it was increased. I have tried everything. Bananas, orange juic, extra hydration and nothing seems to stop these eye opening muscle cramps/spasms. When I say eye opening it’s the “I’m dead to the world asleep” eye opening pain. It doesn’t last long 5-6 minutes maybe but my goodness while it’s here -jiminy crickets!!?!?!? And I know there is possibly one person who I love dearly that is reading this – yes I even drank pickle juice! Disgusting but I have been desperate! Sometimes the side effects are just about as bad as the disease the medicine is treating!
With all that being said – as a Christian we have horrific side effects of our sin. As it states in John 17:16 “They (believers) are not of this world, just as I am not of this world.” Our problem is that we live in this world with sin running wild and people not being able to see the truth. Perception is cloudy. Causes that people seem passionate about are mistrued with violence and hate because of people like me. People who have sat idly by doing my church thing, raising my family, working, playing the part of a Christian. What if I had been sharing Jesus Christ with everyone I have come in contact with? Would the world be a different place? What if I had had zest and zeal for Jesus 20 years ago? 15 years ago? How many people did I turn off to Jesus because I was worldly Monday through Friday? How many of these people that are violently rioting have been turned off to Jesus because of something they witnessed a “Christian” doing? Eyes are upon us all the time watching everything we do! Do you give 100% at work or are just punching a clock to get paid? Are you giving of your times and talent? God asks for 10%. If we are to give 10% of our time that’s 2.4 hours a day not a week! I’m not writing this to judge anyone. I AM JUST AS GUILTY as anyone else. I let this ungodly world get into my life and when that happens God gets put on the back burner. How have I effected my husband, my children, my friends? Thank goodness I serve a forgiving God! With sin comes side effects – it’s obvious from the news lately that the side effects are far worse than I could ever imagine in my life time.
Here’s a challenge: instead of saying “Come quickly Lord & save us from ourselves” try this:
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20 ESV
Jesus Christ himself spoke these words. I think it’s high time I listened and obeyed! How about you?