In a couple hours, I will be going for the test that once saved my life, or in the very least my breast. After a lapse of four years, I am going for my mammogram. Once during an appointment a part of the process was not functioning properly. When I asked, I was told it was only the part that told the percentage of possibility of my getting cancer. Since I had already had cancer, mine was one hundred percent so it didn’t matter if it worked or not. For the last four years, I have remembered that and felt that concern in the back of my mind. I’m glad to be able to finally return to getting the procedure done. The lack of insurance has caused me to put off doing a lot of needed things that I am finally getting done.
Getting these things taken care of, also gives me the understanding that there is the possibility of actually finding a problem, even as I pray not. I do need to know though as I need to be able to take care of my parents. Doing the preventative now is important.
But, these are merely the things to attempt to keep me healthy in this life. This a temporary journey from birth to death. Death simply being the doorway from this temporary life to an eternal one. The tests, procedures and actions taken to keep me, or anyone, healthy now are important. What is more important is what we do to prepare for the eternal life.
The way I see it is that we are spiritual beings in human form. We are sojourners here, learning, living, growing in knowledge and compassion as we travel toward home. The life we live, is important, but the way we live more so. Christians are instructed to live like Jesus the Christ. He taught, He healed, He showed great compassion and love to all whom He encountered. He did not back away from anyone who sought Him. He did not come into this life to judge, but to teach and to save. He paid the price that no one else could pay, and all He asks is for us to believe, to trust, to live as He did.
There are no medical tests that can look into our heart or mind to see if we are true followers. The evidence and proof of that is in how we live. The only standards to check and follow are His life, explained in the Bible, God’s holy word. To clarify though, this does not give the Believer any right to judge others no matter what. Jesus himself said that he came not to condemn but to save:
“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
If Jesus the Son of the most high God, did not condemn, who are we to do so? Who are we to say to another, you are doomed? Instead we are to love as instructed, to teach, to guide, to care for those in need. Lead by example, love with full and open heart, act with nothing less than true compassion.
A mammogram uncovered a cancer in my breast, saving my life. My faith, my belief, my trust in Lord Jesus, saved my eternal spirit. While I strive moment by moment to live as He did, to live as instructed, I am an imperfect being, so I fall, I struggle and fail. Yet His love, forgives me and gives me the strength and encouragement to stand up and try again. It gives me the desire to not seek the praise of men, but to seek to hear the words when my time is finished, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”