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Overdue for a Spiritual Check-Up?

Overdue for a Spiritual Check-Up?

You’re a train wreck

“You’re a train wreck.” Not exactly the words you want to hear from your physician. I had a rash on my arm that acted like it wanted to spread to my whole body. After waiting a week and with my wife’s prodding, I finally called my doctor’s office to make an appointment. I was caught a bit off guard when the receptionist, said, “You haven’t been in our office for 5 years. Where have you been going?” Clearly, she wasn’t happy with me. I simply said, “I’ve been healthy and I’ve been trying to stay away from you.” That seemed to appease her and she gave me an appointment.

The next day when I arrived, the nurse who guided me to the examination room also scolded me for not needing them for 5 years. I assumed a doctor’s office would be pleased when their patients were healthy. Not this group. I guess they don’t make money on healthy patients. I thought the doctor might offer an apology for his staff. Boy was I wrong.

When he entered the room he asked me their standard question, “Where have you been going for the past 5 years?” I gave him my standard answer. Un-phased, he simply stated, “You may think you’re healthy, but I’ll tell you if you are or not.” He looked at my chart and with a hint of glee stated, “You need a tetanus shot.”

He went on to ask, “Are you taking a daily vitamin?” Apparently, having half a bottle of expired vitamins is not a good answer. “Are you taking a baby aspirin every day?” When I said no, he sternly said, “I told you 5 years ago to start doing that.” Clearly, he was on a roll.

As if to squeeze all the health out of my body he triumphantly stated, “And, you’ve gained 5 pounds in the last 5 years.” After a dramatic pause, he then said rather gloriously, “You’re a train wreck!” After nearly falling off the table in shock, all I could muster was a weak, “But what about my rash?”

Make An Appointment

Here at Project Renovation staying healthy is a big deal to us. We believe that the number one priority of ministry leaders is to be spiritually healthy. We call it soul care. So, how are you caring for your soul? Like many ministry leaders you may be so busy taking care of others that you’ve neglected your own spiritual health.

You may be the only other human who knows, but deep in your soul you know. You feel it. You’re running on fumes. Like me, it’s time for you to see a physician, the Great Physician. He lives for moments like these, to bring healing and transformation. You’ve seen Him do it for others. Now it’s your time. Make an appointment- right now. Don’t be afraid, He’s going to love you not judge. Nor will He ask, “Where’ve you been for the last five years?”

A Simple Prescription

  1. Schedule time to get alone with God, in a quiet place.
  2. In your quiet place, be still and listen.
  3. Offer a brief prayer asking God to quiet your heart and mind.
  4. Allow yourself to relax and be fully in God’s presence. Surrender yourself to what He has for you.
  5. Talk to the Great Physician. Tell Him where you hurt, what you fear, what you need. Don’t hold back, be honest. He already knows everything about you.
  6. Listen. What is God saying to you?
  7. Don’t resist His promptings. Be a good patient.
  8. Before you leave, thank Him and schedule another appointment with Him.

Stay healthy, my friend.


Jerry Higley
Executive Director at Lebanon Valley Youth For Christ
Jerry Higley is the Executive Director of Lebanon Valley Youth For Christ and an adjunct faculty member at LBC teaching Student Ministry courses at both the undergrad and graduate level. When he's not at work, he loves spending time outdoors hunting and fishing with his grandkids.
  1. Jeremiah Dowling01-30-12


    Its great to see a post from you up on PR! I really enjoyed this, and love the list you put at the end! Thanks man!

    In Christ,