What Am I Grateful for Today…Modern Medicine

Don’t consider yourself wise. Fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
Then your body will be healthy and your bones strengthened (Proverbs 3:7-8, Common English Bible).

I went and got my annual flu shot today. Getting a shot is not my favorite thing to do in life. I don’t know many people who would say they enjoy getting an injection. Being diabetic, shots are not an unusual part of my life. Still, I am very grateful for these things.

The first time I ever got a flu shot was when I was in the Navy. There was a bad flu bug going around and in the close quarters of the ship, they required all of us to get a flu shot. It was administered by one of those scary looking inoculation guns. And, I didn’t get the flu. I didn’t have a flu shot for several years and, more often than not, I got the flu.

When I entered the ministry I started getting flu shots again. I thought it was a good idea with as much time as a pastor spends in a hospital. I have been fortunate in that I don’t think I have had the flu since, as long as I took my flu shot.

My friend Rick is my primary care physician. He works hard to make sure I stay in at least reasonably good health. I am grateful he is part of my life too.

In a sermon I once heard the late Dr. Bill Hinson, formerly pastor at First United Methodist Church in Houston, he talked about four ways that God heals us. I am not going to go into all of them now, but I want to focus on the first. Dr. Hinson said, “Sometimes God heals us by sending us to the right doctor.

A few years ago I started developing some problems with vertigo. I went to my primary care physician (before I knew Rick). He tried a few things but ended up sending me to an ear, nose and throat specialist. He tried a few things too. He ended up sending me to yet another ENT who really specialized in inner ear disorders. It ended up being a chronic condition but because of medication today, it is manageable.

With some of the things I deal with, I am grateful for doctors, nurses and other medical professionals and the work they do. I have a difficult time imagining what life was like without them.

There is a sickness we all face and it is something my friend Rick cannot overcome, nor can anyone else. And as grateful as I am for modern medicine, it is actually old medicine that is the only cure. The sickness is sin and the old medicine that cures is God’s grace. But, what is more, it really is the best medication for our lives as a whole.

Modern medicine can do a great deal for me. It can make conditions that only a few years ago were debilitating at best, easy to live with, well at least easier than they were back in previous eras.

But, there is only medication that can help me overcome and give me eternal life. That medicine is about as old as the creation. It is God’s grace.

For modern medicine and the most ancient of medicines, I am grateful today. What are you grateful for today? Write it down in your journal and then share it with someone else. You may know what they need to hear.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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