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Is Your Fever High?
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My daughter, son-in-law and grandson Jake were visiting from Cornwall, England. We had a great time catching up and introducing Jake to his cousins Tommy and Brandon. But then the inevitable happened, 18-month-old Jake came down with a fever. Soon 9-month-old Brandon had it too and then 4-year-old Tommy was stricken. A cough went along with the fever, but not much else. The boys ended up being pretty lethargic, which dampened our plans for showing our visitors around St. Louis.

It’s always interesting to be the matriarch in a group like this. Once in a while they come to me for advice—something they abhorred doing when they were teens, but now since I’ve got gray hair to cover, they think I might know something.

Joelle asked me if she should stop giving Jake his Tylenol to find out how high his fever was. In some camps, medicine is not given because it’s believed that fever is the body’s way of working out an infection, so let it run its course. Since I’ve never belonged to that camp, I err on the side of keeping them comfortable and checking their temperature when it’s time to give another dose. If it’s still elevated, then give them more medicine.

Bible-reading Thermometer

My mind wandered as I thought of other things we might stop doing to see if we still need it. One of the habits I’m trying very hard to continue is daily Bible reading and prayer. It’s not something I do readily. I’m basically lazy and dislike scheduling anything that has to be done daily at a certain time. I’ve tried fitting it in when I felt like it, but it was too easy to skip altogether. And unlike fever, there’s not a Bible-reading thermometer to tell me when I need another dose. There’s no meter I can use to see if my study time is improving my life or helping me be more Christlike. But doing without is just too risky. I don’t want to know how high my “fever” is without it.

"Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do" (Joshua 1:8).

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