Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Sore Back...and Knee

Hey Gang! So, I “tweaked” my back Saturday. “Tweaked” is better than an all out pull – just a minor “ouch that hurts” – compared to “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.”

Anyway, the back was sore but livable; however, as the days have gone by one of the muscles just above my knee has become very sore. If any of you have dealt with back pain you know what I mean when I describe how a little “tweak” of the back can cause all kinds of other problems as we do strange things to compensate for our outta-wack-back.

The same thing happens in our relationships. Many times what starts out as a “minor pain” creates all kinds of problems in a relationship. Why is this? Paul described the church as a body and talked about how when one part hurts, all the parts suffer (1 Corinthians 12). Well, this can be applied to all of our relationships. When one person is hurting, all involved feel the effects.

So, how do we heal “sore” relationships? Again, the Bible is very helpful as God teaches us to rejoice with those who rejoice and struggle with those who are struggling. Does this mean we become responsible for everyone else’s issues? Nope. We all have to take responsibility for our own decisions, but it does mean that when someone is hurting we learn to care about them and do what we can to help.

Are you hurting? I hope you have someone who can share your struggles – even if all they can do is lend a listening ear while you process. But, I also hope you celebrate with others when things are going well. I don’t think we do enough celebrating when were doing well!

So, maybe it’s time to throw that party and celebrate!!


Amy Salotti said...

:0) Dave I love how you always tie things together!!!

dAnYaRoChElLe said...

yeah... you're getting up there in age old man... don't worry... im not far behind... and i am totally struggling with you...

Dave said...

I'm partying tonight - both the back and knee are doing better!!!