The last month or so has been very difficult for me physically and spiritually. I spent almost a week in the hospital (May 13th-19th), and I’m finally starting to get back on my feet. I’ve lost a lot of traction lately, but I’m trying to regain some of the momentum that I lost.
One of the hard things that happen when I go into the hospital is dealing with a full, across the board, a clean break from everything. This is good and bad. What I mean is, it’s good in that I get a chance to fully reboot and reassess everything, but it’s bad in that I have to start from scratch when I get home.
The other good thing about a reset and time-out (as I call it), is I get a chance to really reevaluate everything and examine it all in the light of prayer and a real-time of reflection. This is something that doesn’t happen every day, and even though I loathe the prospect of being so ill in the hospital, I do appreciate the chance to really look things over and refocus on the things that matter. So much of our time is wasted in trying to split hairs or solve problems that were created for the sole purpose of causing dissent and division in the body. These problems can’t be solved by following the rules laid out by the problem source, but rather, they can only be solved when you take a step back and look at it with fresh eyes and a grasp of the simplicity of the gospel.
When I am forced to go through a reset, like I just experienced, I try to hold on to the simple truth I am able to see during the reset for as long as I can. It’s not easy to stay focused with all the clatter and chaos we see surrounding us every day, but if I can hold onto it, just for a little while, then I’ll have the chance to share it, and that, my friends, is one of my personal goals in life. To share the simplicity of the gospel and how it isn’t hard to walk it out. It may take effort, it may take time, but isn’t impossible. It’s just like how I deal with my health issues, you take one step at a time, putting one foot in front of the other, and you’ll make it. It’s that easy to walk out the life laid in front of us in the scriptures. It’s a choice. You have to point your feet in the right direction, but it’s not impossible. It’s doable, and great peace and blessings await you - all you have to do is take the first step.
So, that’s my hope, that’s my goal, to come through the struggles I have with my health with something in my hands that I can share with you. Something that will help you take that next step. Something that will encourage you, strengthen you, and bless you. If I can do this one simple thing with the time I have, then it will all be worth it.