Adversity #3 – Eternal, Existential and Physical Struggles
That’s a mouthful of a subject line. This may sound like a catch-all for adversity that doesn’t apply to the first two and it should. I challenge you to think about it.
We all struggle with our faith and eternity. Is it real or not? I know how I would answer this. How about you?
A friend of mine wanted me to let him know when I went “all” Existential. This may be the time. Have you ever questioned your existence? Why do we have certain things in our lives? What’s the point of entertainment? Is it so we can laugh or be distracted from the life in front of us?
Some might think that I’m the “poster child” for Physical Struggles. I’d disagree. There is a long list of people that have more struggles than me and still live fulfilling lives. Bethany Hamilton (young surfer in Hawaii who lost her arm to a shark), Lauren Scruggs (model hit by an airplane propeller), Aimee Copeland (woman in Georgia that lost limbs to flesh-eating bacteria) … just to name a few … would be on that list. The only difference is that one of my Cavernous Malformations hasn’t gone away.
This addresses the entire body just as Matthew 22:37-40 does. This is where Jesus gave the Great Commandment. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Notice he didn’t say “should” he said “shall”. Notice how he made it clear when he said, “with all your…” each time. He could have just said “heart, soul and mind.”
When you hear me talk about the REEF in life you can draw a direct corelation to this bible passage.
We will refer to this tomorrow as my brother undergoes surgery for prostate cancer. Please join me in prayer that God will cleanse his body from this horrible disease. Ask God to use this experience to bring Dan closer to Him and allow others to see His light shine in places it hasn’t seen. Give God thanks for the birth of His son and glorify His name in all that we do.