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Friday, May 24, 2019


Pastor B.J. Knefley

This morning I opened my computer to do some work and it was dead. Seems I hadn’t plugged it in all week, so naturally, the battery was depleted. How did I not notice this? After all, I use it almost everyday. Shouldn’t I have noticed what the little battery symbol had been telling me? The solution of course is simple, plug it into a power source and recharge it.

Besides my computer battery, I’ve also found myself a little depleted. Not from over work as such, but certainly from not protecting myself from those elements that strike at my respiratory system. Specifically I’m talking about asthma. I’ve been doing quite well for several years. In fact I noticed that the last time I had a prescription filled for asthma was in 2011. So when I woke up a few days ago wheezing I thought it was just a temporary thing. Boy was I wrong. That little wheezing turned into a full blown asthma attack which almost landed me in the ER. How did this happen? I exposed myself to irritants that are harmful to my respiratory system and didn’t take the proper precautions to protect myself. In other words, I depleted what little immune system I had in this area. Had I chosen not to do what I did, or worn a mask, I probably would have been fine. Isn’t hindsight always 20/20?

Life is like that you know. We find ourselves in a funk or in a deep dark hole and wonder how we ever got there. We don’t see how our own actions have depleted our abilities to stay up to face the challenges of the day. We allow situations, circumstances and people to overwhelm us and then we wonder why our emotions and energy is depleted. Living life can be like an asthmatic trying to breath through a coffee stirrer.

For me the solution is rather simple, when I ask God for direction and solutions to upcoming situations, I do well. It’s when I don’t remember to do that that I get myself into trouble. Sometimes my sense of taking care of others overwhelms the wisdom of taking care of myself. When will I/we ever learn? Think about it.

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