Way before I was a pastor, before seminary and serving churches and ordination, I was a volunteer with the youth group. Dave and I both were, and we worked with the youth group every week, helping to lead games or give a talk or sing songs with them. Then the time came to plan for the middle school summer trip. The trip was scheduled for just 3 days after we would return from our honeymoon, 2 weeks after our wedding. This particular year, we were doing the 8th grade plunge, which involved about 15 eighth graders and 4 leaders sleeping under tarps and going to the bathroom in the woods for a week.
I can probably think of a more romantic way to have started our married life together.
But off we went as newly weds to help that group of eighth graders learn to love Jesus, even though it didn’t involve flush toilets or electricity or even tents. When we left for the trip I had been camping maybe twice in my whole life. But there we were, out in the woods of Tennessee. Just us, a sleeping bag, and a tarp.
And I. Was. Terrified.
It was all so …. naturey. But then, to really take it up a notch, we not only camped but did high adventure wilderness activities, everyday. One day, we hiked several miles into the woods. Another day we went deep into the depths of a natural cave, moving through tunnels way underground. And then, on the last day, we set off to go white water rafting.
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A few months ago, I went to see my doctor for a physical.
He did the nerviest thing.
He told me that I needed to get my blood checked for cholesterol.
So I made the follow-up appointment for the bloodwork for the following week. The night before the blood test was a real hardship for me.
I fasted all night. From 10pm on… with no food. In the morning, I got up extra early, got there right on time, and looked at one of the doctor’s many photos from his travels as the nurse took my blood. (I always steal a quick look at the procedure just to confirm that I still can’t watch the blood be drawn.)
I left feeling good about myself. I had followed the doctor’s orders and gotten my blood tested, just like he told me. If my arm wasn’t sore, I would have patted myself on the back.
But the next day, I got an email not only with the results, but with the doctor’s prescription, too. Very brief and to the point. It said, “Triglicerides too high. Lose 10 pounds and test again.”
And I thought, “Or?……”
I thought I had already done what the doctor told me to do.
He told me to get a blood test, I got the blood test! I did what he said.
But now he wanted me to make some changes, to follow his will in my life, so that I could be healthy.
I’ll bet you can see where this is going.
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Listen to Megan and Dave’s first episode in the Everything Jesus Taught podcast series!
In this first podcast, Megan and Dave chat with each other about:
- What a podcast is
- Why they are doing this year long series on Everything Jesus Taught
- Dave’s cholesterol
- How Jesus’ burden is light
- and much more
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