No Pain, No Gain

No Pain, No Gain

I have friends who say, why should I read anything you write? You have not suffered the way I have suffered. You can’t tell me anything. Much of my writing is make believe. I don’t give advice because I don’t like to take advice. That is something I am going to work on. There have been times when advice was given, I should have taken it. I have to tell her; Just because I don’t wear my suffering the way you do, does not mean I don’t suffer. It is very possible that I have not had the experiences you have had. No two people have had the exact same experiences. There is something in my background you can relate to in your life’s experiences. People wear suffering in different ways. Suffering may not manifest itself the same way in me as it does in someone else. I should not have to prove myself to man the same way I prove myself to God. Man is setting himself up as too powerful if he believes he should be the judge of suffering.
A couple of days ago, a friend called blasting me out about something that I have no idea at all as to what she was talking about. I think it started with my telling her of my daily routine of praying, reading God’s words, then using my treadmill. She mentioned she wanted to purchase some equipment to assist her with losing weight. I informed her I used my treadmill and my stationary bike. My husband was a fitness freak. He had weights, a press bench and everything else people use at the gym. She told me she had a stationary bike and I had used hers. I said, I don’t think so. What she has is something to strengthen your legs. It has a wide seat. Something she could easily fit into. A stationary bike has a small seat and also works your feet and arms.
If a Christian wants to lose weight, first, I would suggest pushing back from the table. Next, trick yourself into thinking you are eating just as much as you use to to by using a smaller plate. Eat more fresh fruits and fresh vegetables. But before you start anything pray. Ask the Lord to be with you on your journey. All of this good advice should go to me as well. I love snacking on ice cream, potato chips, nuts and candy. I think I am going to take my own advice.
Maybe I should entitle my little discourse to read No pain, No Lost. As we grow older it becomes harder for us to renew our thinking. I read on the internet the drug for high blood pressure I was taking caused many side effects. I called my doctor’s office to inform her she needed to change my pharmacological drug. About three hours later she called and notified me she had no intentions of changing my prescription. I am still taking that prescription because a doctor who is now retired said do not stop taking these drugs unless a doctor tells you to stop. It is very important to continue this prescription or the consequence is death. I know people who have gone to healers and have been told to stop taking their medicine. I’m sure the undertakers were very appreciative of those healers. I didn’t get a chance to ask about their healing experience. They are no longer with us.
We may not realize it, but reading the scriptures daily renews the mind. We sprout up like eagles. Our minds spread out to new horizons. We are no longer in control. The same as prescriptions control our bodies, the bible control our minds.

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