Checked Your Heart Lately?
There once was a woman who appeared to be content and well to all who knew her; but unknowingly, she was quite unhappy because she secretly believed that life had dealt her an unfair hand.
One day, she decided to visit the doctor for just a routine checkup. The nurse checked her in and led her to an examination room. On a sign above the door were the words, "The Great Physician". Shortly thereafter, the doctor entered the room and immediately knew that something was terribly wrong with the woman. Though she smiled and seemed quite pleasant, he sensed something much deeper. "Good morning and how are you?" asked the doctor. With that same pleasant smile she replied, "Fine, thank you". "So, what brings you in today?"
"Well, it has been awhile since my last visit and I felt that it was time for me to check back in with you."
"I'm glad that you did." As he removed his stethoscope from around his neck, he began to listen to her heart. He continued to listen carefully and then stepped away with a concerned expression on his face.
"May I ask what does your diet consist of daily?"
"Let me see; for breakfast, I have a slice of my past abuses, a cup of all the people who have disappointed me and maybe a handful of my own failed relationships. Lunch is typically rather light-- just a little envy, jealousy and my own insecurities. By evening, a small salad of unforgiveness, maybe a side dish of rehearsed offenses and a tall glass of bitterness." She paused and spoke again. "Why doctor, is there a problem?"
Looking with great compassion, the doctor placed his hand on her shoulder and said, "Now I understand everything. You have a serious condition of the heart. It's not physical but spiritual. If left unattended, it can lead to physical complications. Your heart is the core of your well being and it must be guarded at all times. If you regularly digest negative images, words, thoughts and actions, then that is what will flow from you. Your heart will develop and build up emotional plaque that will literally choke the life out of you. Here is what I want you to do. Take this prescription and have it filled immediately. A dose of Psalm 51:10, a few milligrams of Proverbs 4:23 and a tablespoon of Phillipians 4:6-8. Read and follow the directions carefully. Swallow whole and the medicine will absorb in your system to break down the hardening of your heart. Take care of yourself and be blessed."
"Oh doctor before I go, can I ask you one question?"
"Why does the sign on the door say 'The Great Physician'?"
"Oh that- well it is a reminder that each time that I enter this room, there is one who is greater than I. He is the One that holds the prescription and cure for all of our illnesses; I just simply help to administer it to others."
Again, with that same pleasant smile she walked away. But then, the doctor called to her and said, "Oh I forgot to tell you; that prescription has unlimited refills!"