Gettin’ Better

The ribs have healed enough that I can sneeze without agony and I can lie on my side for a little while without feeling like I’m abusing myself. They are still sore, sensitive enough that I can’t find a position that is actually comfortable. But after two or three weeks of not being able to take a single breath without hurting, I maintain that in my sixth week of recovery, I am considerably improved.


I find myself, once again, in one of life’s bends. Looking too far back up the river, I remember when I was half this age, young, strong and undaunted. Looking back to only five weeks ago, I remember that even the slightest twist or change brought fresh pangs. Looking ahead, I’m optimistic that in a few more weeks, I will be feeling much better.


Sometimes in our self-examinations, we may look too far in the wrong direction. If all I see is where I should be spiritually, I may become too discouraged. If I look back to the beginning of my walk with a wrong perspective, I may become too ashamed. What I try to do, and at which I am occasionally successful, is to view these matters with two basic ideas.


One, as I look back to my starting point, I am grateful for all that the Lord has accomplished with me, in me. I am not prideful of what I have done, because there has been much over those years that I do regret. Yet, I can see that I have grown in faith, hope, and love. I can see the fruit of the Spirit in my life and I am grateful for his work in me.


As I look forward to the time when his work will be finished in me, I am moved with humility because I can see how much more work needs to be done. But I am also encouraged, because I know that the Lord will not quit on the good work he has begun in me.


And, from what I’ve seen, he does pretty good work.



H. Arnett



About Doc Arnett

Native of southwestern Kentucky currently living in Blair, Kansas, with my wife of twenty-five years, Randa. We have, between us, eight children and twenty-one grandkids. We enjoy singing, worship, remodeling and travel.
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