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Heart Trouble
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Recently I went to see my doctor. It was not voluntary, I can assure you. Like most guys I don’t like the doctor, but this time I sort of had to.

It was my heart. It was beating funny, pounding really hard, sometimes skipping a beat or feeling like it had. After a few weeks, the problem didn’t clear up, and I decided to see the doctor—which meant that I actually had to get a doctor, since I didn’t have one.

With a coworker’s help I was off to see the doctor. I got to the office, signed a bunch of forms, and proceeded to the examination room. The nurse on duty checked my vital signs, my weight, etc.; then she told me to strip down to my undies and wait for the doctor. I did what she said and waited.

He came in, introduced himself, and talked to me about my medical history and the problems I’d been having. Then he poked and prodded me in places I’d rather not mention, but I trusted him. He was the doctor and I was the patient. It was his job to diagnose my problems and my job to listen and obey.

Hurting Myself

After he finished examining me, he told me that I would have to have some blood work done, and he’d get me the results. He also said that he thought my problem was stress. I honestly didn’t think I was under that much stress, but he turned out to be right. As I thought about it some more, my symptoms seemed to come back whenever I took on too much and failed to get enough rest. I was hurting myself, and I didn’t know it until my “ticker” started ticking funny.

Sometimes we feel we can do whatever we want, treat our bodies however we want, fill our minds with whatever we want, and never consider the consequences. I found out the hard way that my body is not mine to do with as I choose. The apostle Paul writes: “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19,20).

You belong to God. Will you honor Him with your body?

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By Dwain Neilsen Esmond. Reprinted with permission from Insight Magazine, January 27, 2007. Copyright © 2007 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture take from the NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®.

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