The Medication

Galatians 6:9 "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." NIV

Lucy, our old goat and Mama our old horse both have one thing in common. They suffer from arthritis. What they donít have in common is their attitude about their medication.

Lucy accepts the apples dipped in the powdered medication with relish, munching and crunching her way through them. Mama however turns her nose up at any and all such offerings refusing to ingest that which would bring her the reward of pain relief.

The difference between these two creatures has often made me wonder if I might at times be doing the same thing as Mama, in regards to a certain aspect of my Christian walk.

People are marvellous. They are made in the image of God. And yet is it just me, or have you too noticed what a total pain they can be from time to time. Their actions can be most painfully annoying, inconsiderate, rude, frustrating, obnoxious and counterproductive.

And yet what does God say? "Love your neighbour as yourself and do not become weary in doing good." Mmmm . . . yeah right . . . thatís a bit of a bitter pill to swallow, is what I sometimes think about some of my so called neighbours and these commands. And yet the psalmist has written:

"How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!"

He had obviously lived long enough and been obedient enough to know that all of Godís commands, all of his words are good and right and lovely and reap a wonderful harvest if we will only choose to ingest and employ them as we should.

So the next time I find my neighboursí actions painfully annoying, frustrating, rude, obnoxious, inconsiderate and counterproductive I am going to choose rightly. Like Lucy the goat, I am going to take the pain relief medication God is offering me. I am going to choose to love my neighbour as myself and not growing weary of doing good, believing that at the proper time I shall indeed reap a harvest of just reward.

Prayer: Father God, help us this day to ingest and employ with relish the sweetness of your words which leads to the health of both our own and our neighbours well-being. In Christís name we pray. Amen.

Lynne Phipps
Atlin, B.C.

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