“There was one bonus to having surgery – I lost 5 pounds!”

I had to move my haircut scheduled that week to today. I thought it would be nice to return to church a little skinnier, with a new haircut.

How foolish!

It put too much emphasis on physical appearance.

“What I really wanted was to be happy, and neither my looks nor my achievements could do that…Your obsession to be perfect will keep you fixated on what you’re going to be some day, instead of enjoying what you are right now,…will rob you of the chance to make your life count, for by focusing constantly on yourself you’ll have nothing left to give to others.” Farai Chideya, Harvard graduate, worked for Newsweek magazine

Solomon demonstrated what we are to do when God puts us on a platform.

2 Chronicles 6:13, “Now Solomon had made a bronze platform 7 1/2 feet long, 7 1/2 feet wide, and 4 1/2 feet high and had placed it at the center of the Temple’s court courtyard. He stood on the platform, and then he knelt in front of the entire community of Israel and lifted his hands toward heaven.” NLT

Solomon was king, but he was not arrogant. He knelt in humility, lifted his hands in submission, and focused on heaven.

Dear Father God,

I am glad that your love does not depend on how I look or what I have achieved. I am grateful to be a work in progress. Thank you for the reminder to enjoy this quiet time as I pace myself in recovery.

In Jesus Name,


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