Sunday, September 11th, 2016
Judgment (Part 25)
Don't you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey--whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?
Romans 6:16 (NIV)
She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse.
Mark 5:26 (NIV)
My mother, the Models Hall of Fame(r), became addicted to prescription drugs. Twice she went through the process of rehab. Like in Alcoholics Anonymous, her hard therapy began with these words: 'I'm Millie Lewis, and I'm addicted... .' Her treatment was sobering in three ways:
1. Physically, all her healthy habits (because she ate well, worked out and looked good) fell flat because of her drug dependence.
2. Emotionally, she was everywhere: happy, depressed, anxious, sleepy, confused. Because drug highs and lows controlled her moods.
3. Spiritually, she hosted demons. I don't think she recognized them as such, but they certainly staked a claim in her.
As a girl, my mom loved Jesus deeply. She wanted to be an evangelist. Later, when she moved away from her faith, she became vulnerable to evil.* Even so, regarding drug addictions, physicians set that bouncing ball rolling.
At the outset, she had no idea of the easy danger of dependence. Nor how hard it would be to break those bonds. Side note: I met my former husband in college and helped fund his higher education. He became a family physician, and we were married for 29 years.
The business of primary care doctors (staffing, insurance, equipment and costs) depends on a fast volume of patients. Docs are pressured to diagnose quickly, and prescriptions offer easy answers. I'm not saying every doctor goes there. Some, including my ex, try to resist.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: In your role as public examples, healthy lifestyles and choices matter. So be cautious about prescriptions. Consider holistic approaches.
Most importantly: know, trust and speak the Great Physician's Words of healing. Don't jump into any net, but Christ's. Once done, your entire life is transformed, and you're no longer fish, but fishermen.
To Be Continued...
* I believe my mom returned to Jesus before her death and I'll see her again in Heaven.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Judgment series.