Monday Memo - February 17
This time last Monday, I was taking a "stress test." Interesting term. In this case, they were looking for things that might be out of whack (my term) with my heart. A week ago Sunday I had to leave church and head to the hospital because my heart was in "AFib." This is not an unusual condition for someone my age. The heart gets out of rhythm and goes "crazy." I kept waiting for it to "convert" but it did not. This prohibited my ability to go ahead with the two services. I went back into "rhythm" around 1:30 in the afternoon. The tests showed no heart problems. I am on some medication, and with the doctors advice, we will monitor this condition as time goes on. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. A special thanks to Rob and Tim who did a great job on the fly, and to two wonderful GFC docs who checked me out and drove me to the hospital.
And what about those "stress tests" that we have everyday? How important are they? James gives us some super perspective.
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result so you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
- James 1:2-4
Here are a few observations from the text:
Stress tests are a part of life. They happen to everybody - not just you. Not if, but when.
They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. various trials
They produce maturity, if we let them. produces endurance...let endurance have its perfect result...
If we value our maturity, we will consider them to be of great value. consider it all joy
How good of God to take hard things, often wrong things, and use them in a very personal way to grow our faith - and to make us more useful to others! Let it be!
P.S. Box Tops for Education are used to support Mountain View. Please drop off any you have this week at the school house in the lobby!
See you Sunday!
Grace and peace,
Posted on Mon, February 17, 2014
by Tom Oyler