I live with an incurable disease. It is not something I worry about. There is a treatment, a tablet taken daily. While I do not remember my Doctor’s exact words, they were something along the following lines; “If we get this straight now, we won’t have to be straightened out later on.” (1 Corinthians 11.31)
Almost two decades later, I live with the outcome of his attention to detail. I rarely think about the thyroid disease that left untreated could threaten my life. While I know I have a 50/50 chance of ending up with another immune problem, I find myself looking at life the way he does. I am healthy, opportunities are everywhere, and now is the time to live!
I am reminded as I take a small pink tablet that I have other incurable diseases. I can see how recurring symptoms of greed in multiple guises point to something that is not right within. Without any commentary about anyone else, I doubt that I can cure myself. I do know that there are things that I can do that will treat this disease.
Honesty is critical if I am to be aware of the different ways the evil within me manifests itself. Rationalizing the symptoms is not a treatment. Denial does not change anything. Awareness is a mandatory first step.
My actions reflect what I am. Taking note of the link between symptoms and the heart is required if I am going to do something about the heart that is within. I can talk about what I aspire to be. My actions tell me what is real.
My life is shaped by what I feed it. Living on a diet of evil will nurture the evil within. Meditation on the truths I aspire to show through my life is the food that changes me from the inside out. I need to intentionally feed my heart with things that are good (truth). It is in acting on this intent that my soul grows into something better than what it was.
If taken, Life’s Rx works.