Taking responsibility for my own healing takes work. I am not so sure I want to work that hard. It is so much easier to shift the responsibility elsewhere.
Here are some ways we shift our responsibility:
- Heredity: Everyone in my family has (….)
- Doctors: My doctor said (…) is expected at my age. My doctor said there is no cure for my (…) My doctor said my numbers are higher than she’d like for them to be so I need medication.
- Age: I am getting up there in age.
- Gender: Women are supposed to get (…) All my friends have it.
- Give up: I am just too tired to try to heal; it is easier to take my medication.
Who is Responsible for My Healing?
I want to show you how Jesus taught responsibility in all four gospels of the Bible. You may have never thought these verses apply to your healing, but I definitely do. Take a look.
- Matthew 9:6 – Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!”
- Mark 2:9 – Is it easier to say to the paralyzed man ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk’?
- Luke 5:24 – Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!
- John 5:8 – Jesus told him, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!”
DO SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR PARALYSIS
I want to encourage you to do something about your own paralysis! Whenever you hear yourself shifting the responsibility of your body’s healing anywhere or to anyone other than yourself.
TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR PAIN ….
AND WALK TOWARD HEALING!
Let me tell you a Joanie story.
Awhile back my right arm started hurting. It was very painful to make a fist and to grab anything. My first response was to blame playing pickleball (a racket sport) for the reason my arm hurt because I was playing pickleball at the time I noticed my arm started hurting.
But I thought about the above verses that I had taught many times in the past.
Jesus was telling the paralyzed man that no one else was responsible for his healing other than himself. Jesus didn’t tell him to go to a doctor. Jesus didn’t heal the man instantly! He told the man to Stand Up! He didn’t help the man up. He told him to Pick Up His Mat! He didn’t pick up the man’s mat for him. He told him to Walk! He didn’t walk for him.
This example teaches me that I am responsible for my own healing just as the paralyzed man was.
So I ask myself. Was playing pickleball truly the absolute cause of my pain, or was pickleball simply the pulled trigger? What was the real cause? Were my arm muscles weak? Were my neck muscles overly tight? Was I hurting my arm by playing with a racket that had too large of a grip? I wanted to know what the cause of the pain was.
It’s the same as blaming the carrot on your broken dental crown or blaming falling down on your broken hip. Did biting the carrot cause the broken crown or was the crown weak to begin with? Did the fall cause your hip to break, or was your hip weak to begin with? It’s the same as blaming your high blood pressure on heredity. Did you inherit high blood pressure or did you inherit harmful eating habits?
Who was responsible for fixing MY hurting arm?
Most of us are conditioned to first seek medical advice, after all, we pay lots of money for medical insurance. I could’ve gone to see my Primary Care Doctor. She probably would’ve sent me for an X-ray or MRI, given me a prescription for Ibuprofen; then referred me to an Orthopedic Surgeon. He probably would’ve shot me with a steroid/cortisone shot or suggested surgery; depending on the results of the MRI. Would this have healed the problem or simply masked the pain?
I decided to commit to daily stretching the arm muscles associated with my pain and to seek help from my chiropractor who adjusts my spinal alignment and stretches those muscles in my arm and shoulder in positions I could not do myself. This is how I am picking up my mat and walking toward complete healing.
What pain are you in, my Friend? Are you shifting your pain to someone or somewhere else? I want to encourage you to:
PICK UP YOUR MAT
Walking with you,