No one is sick today, just another reason to appreciate everything that is good! The obvious things that cause sickness are easy to avoid. I can make sure I stay away from contagious people. I can wash my hands thoroughly anytime I am going to put them near my mouth. I can avoid excess sugar, get plenty of rest, and work to minimize stress. Each of these things will help, but they will not guarantee perfect health.
It is easy to assume that all bad things come from somewhere outside. Staying away from sickness sounds like a good idea. Working to build barriers between the illness and me is very appealing. Several dilemmas remain. What do I do when I invite the illness in myself? Is there a cure when the illness begins with me? How do I account for the cost when I am the carrier that infects others?
My thoughts today come from observing my self, not anyone else. If I clear my eyes and admit what it clear, then I see one of the largest chunks of illness plaguing my health. I have clearly lost track of fundamental number one. “Don't talk out of both sides of your mouth; avoid careless banter, white lies, and gossip.” (Proverbs 4.24)
The illness is plan and simple. I talk a good game but wander off exploring the darkness. I pursue the truth yet venture into conversations that only lead towards destruction. I rally against discrimination and lobby for compassion while enjoying gossip founded on the same individuals. Truth normally comes in one color, yet I have discovered that white lies help create thousands of shades.
This illness is serious! If I do not treat it, the result will be fatal. This disease will not go away simply because time passes. I do not have anything within that will provide an antidote or cure. The only solution is to seek the one power that can destroy it without destroying me. This power is the God of love, mercy, and acceptance. With God we find healing and restoration.