For nearly 30 years I have been a member of a health care co-op. Established nearly 60 years ago, it has over 1 million members and is the largest consumer-governed health care organization in the United States. It is unique in that it provides both insurance and the delivery of care and quite frankly I don't think I would want it any other way.
You would think that with so many members in my area, patients would get lost in the shuffle but me and my family never have. This is probably due to the fact that they strongly encourage members to select a primary doctor. They also operate numerous clinics, many of them small, with several large specialty clinics and hospitals. I have probably been seeing the same primary doctor for about 20 years. While they have a clinic closer to where I live now, I still make the long trek to my old clinic to see her. As far as I am concerned, she's worth the trip.
I probably see my doctor more than what the average person does. She jokingly tells me that it is because I am a troublemaker and she has to keep an eye on me. At least, I think she is joking. Seriously, the real reason is because she knows I have had some serious, life-threatening health problems erupt without warning over the past seven years and she would like to try to keep me above ground for as long as possible. Right now, she has decided that I need to see her every four weeks. I went AWOL for a bit last fall and winter so she had her nurse track me down.
In March I found myself squirming under her stern eye. Lab results don't lie and she could tell I had been negligent. She said nothing though. She knew if she waited long enough I would begin to confess my crimes. Sigh... she knows me too well for that is exactly what I did. I was ordered to appear before her again in April and then in May and now I must go in again in June. If I attempt to go AWOL again, she might very well team up with my oncologist and I do not know what I will do if the two of them gang up on me. I know! I know! She has my best interests at heart. She knows that while regular exams cannot prevent all problems it can detect and even prevent many of them and I know it too. I need to schedule and keep regular appointments for my own physical well-being.
The same thing is true for us in regards to our spiritual well-being. We need to submit ourselves to regular appointments with God and present ourselves for examination by Holy Spirit. We need to listen to God and do what is prescribed to us in His Word. Then and only then can we be assured of being spiritually healthy.
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Another great analogy!
"The same thing is true for us in regards to our spiritual well-being. We need to submit ourselves to regular appointments with God and present ourselves for examination by Holy Spirit. We need to listen to God and do what is prescribed to us in His Word. Then and only then can we be assured of being spiritually healthy."
I agree with Beth: "Another great analogy!"
Absolutely. As the other ladies have said, the analogy is great. Well put!
Prevention is better than cure, so true in our relationship with God and the people around us.
Thanks for this and God bless,
Amen. I am asking God to remind me of appoints i know He has available all throughout the day when I am available. God ALWAYS has 'time open' on his calendar to direct, listen, comfort, forgive, love and on and on and on ...
This is very well said. They more time we spend in the word, the more our relationship with God, and our spiritual life will grow.