Weight lost = 28.3 lbs. (since the end of August 2013)
Calorie goal per day = 1340 (which I'm under a vast majority of the time)
Stress Level = Low & manageable (or so it seems)
Found out Monday that the echocardiogram I had last Friday was "slightly worse" than the last one. (When I spent a night in the hospital almost 2 years ago for what was diagnosed at the time as a "stress/anxiety attack".)
My reaction = Mostly frustration mixed with a little fear.
So, after talking with my wife, then my pastor, and emailing my community groups (yes, I'm currently in 2 ... don't ask), I put up this Facebook status update:
To which I got an overwhelming amount of support from my family at Redeemer Fellowship. Some responded on Facebook, some emailed, others called, I even got texts from out of state friends; all were encouraging.
Then last night, it struck me. "I LOVE MY CHURCH!" This is the way the body of Christ is supposed to operate. We are supposed to be vulnerable, let people in, encouraging and exhorting one another. That's what doing life together is all about.
Today, I'm less frustrated and not fearful. I'm less frustrated because it won't do me any good to stay frustrated until Feburary 25 (my appointment with a cardiologist); instead I'm choosing patience and trusting God. And it's in that trusting God that leads me to not be fearful. Why?
Hebrews 13:5b - “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (ESV)
My God is with me. Even if that's all I have, it's more than enough. Why?
2 Corinthians 12:9 - But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
Does your church believe and operate like this? It should. As a pastor, I love to be able to serve others with encouragement and exhortation; and I love when those of my church family do the same to me. It makes me want to serve all the more.
All this to say: