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Silver Linings...

I have had a couple of incidents over the past week that have caused me to reflect on some things. 

I know I say that a lot, but I really like to take time to examine things when I get several reminders in  a row.

It started with a shoulder injury.

Really, this shouldn't be that big of a deal. 

You go to the ER, get some x-rays, get your pain meds, and follow the doctors orders. 

There was a hitch for me.

Pain meds.

With my history, I never get them filled when I get injured. I think I did once and it was only the extra-strong ibuprofen to take the edge off. This time around I decided to do something different. I had to be able to work, and the pain was so bad that I needed something more than just a Motrin to make it through work and class.

I will say that I was closely monitored. I kept a strict schedule and told someone how much and when I was taking them every time.

I never once abused or was even tempted to abuse them. 

I did realize I was becoming dependent on them to sleep so I stopped taking them.

Nothing makes you more grateful to be out of the bondage of addiction than experiencing withdrawal while nursing a fairly miserable shoulder injury.

The next thing that happened was having to watch a movie on mental illness for class. I had to write a paper comparing and contrasting the diagnosis given in the film with the actual standards of the diagnosis in real life.

I chose Silver Linings Playbook.

I love this movie.

At the end, Pat says,"The world will break your heart ten wasps to Sunday. that's guaranteed. I can't begin to expelling that, or the craziness inside myself and everyone else. But guess what? Sunday's my favorite day again. I think of what everyone did for me, and I feel like a really lucky guy..."

I think we have a tendency to focus on how far we have to go rather than to look back and see where we started.

Through watching this movie and the issues with the medication, I was reminded of all of the promises the Lord has fulfilled in my life over the past five and a half years. I appreciate the struggle because of where it has brought me. I do not want to imagine where I would be if I had stayed where I was. 

Honestly, I probably would not be here. 

I am so glad and so grateful the Lord brought me through. I also am so glad and so grateful for the people He used to help me along the way.

I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. (Psalm 34:4, ESV)


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