Your Regular Checkup - If a "physical" is important, so is a "spiritual"
My doctor's scheduler called several weeks ago and said it was time for my annual physical.
"Are you talking a whole-nine-yards physical?" I asked.
"Actually, ten yards," she responded.
A day or so later my dentist's scheduler called to say it was time for an annual check- up on my teeth.
I know I'm supposed to be thankful for both of these examinations, but the truth is that I'm not … until they're over. Why?
Well, how about the loss-of-dignity issue when they put you in that paper gown? Then there's that moment of realization when you know that they know you haven't kept all the promises you made during last year's examination (dropping a few pounds and flossing every day). Finally, and more seriously, there's always the chance that you'll hear bad news: a needed surgical procedure or a root canal.
Still, a wise person heeds the scheduler's summons and shows up at the appointed hour.
(this except was taken from Christianity Today - to read the entire article click here: http://www.christianitytoday.com/le/thepastor/soulspirit/yourregularcheckup.html)
Gordon MacDonald is an author, speaker, and teacher. He was a pastor for more than 35 years, and holds the title of Pastor Emeritus at Grace Chapel in Lexington, Massachusetts, where he most recently served as senior minister. Gordon has written more than a dozen books and co-authored others with his wife, Gail. Ordering Your Private World, which won the Gold Medallion Award, has more than 1.5 million copies in print. His book, A Resilient Life, was heralded ‘a classic, riveting read’ by Publishers Weekly. Gordon serves as an Editor-at-Large with Leadership Journal. He is also Chairman of the Board of World Relief Corporation. He and Gail live in Canterbury, New Hampshire and have two children and five grandchildren.