Thursday, March 10, 2011


In my Bible Study this week we met two different characters who each had two things in common.
First there was Tabitha who died unexpectedly and then there was a Gentile named Cornelius.  Both of these people play an important part in the events of the founding and growth of the new Christian church. But I  find them interesting because of the way people who knew them well described them.

The friends of Tabitha were devastated by her death, not only because she was a wonderful person, but also because of the wonderful things that she did.  She was apparently a talented seamstress and made all kinds of clothing for those who were in need.  Cornelius was known as one who feared God  and also gave much of his wealth to those who were in need.

The significance that I see in the lives of these two people is the fact that both of them were not only well known for being good people but also for the good things that they did.

In other words, they didn't just 'talk the talk' but also 'walked the walk'. I believe that Christians should not be afraid of being known as Christians, but if they are truly Christians, the way they live and the things they do should be clear evidence of their Christian life.  They cannot be perfect, but they should be known for being exceptionally kind, honest, generous, helpful, moral and trustworthy.  Not an easy task, but for a Christian, a serious goal for which to aim.

It is going to be difficult for me to blog very much for the next couple of days.  My pain medication for my fibromyalgia is giving me some problems, so I have had to stop it for the time being.  I go to the doctor tomorrow and hopefully he will have some solution for me.  In the mean time doing much of anything is difficult.  I went down to see to the cats at the shelter this afternoon but I couldn't stay very long because of the pain.  So if I couldn't work with the cats you know I am having real pain!

I'd appreciate your prayers for an effective solution with no side effects.  In the mean time I will try to keep visiting and commenting. Be back soon.


mrsnesbitt said...

Hi Chris, sorry to hear you are in pain - consider yourslef prayed for here in the Nesbitt upside down world - the kitchen may be in turmoil but we can always find time for a prayer! Dxx

snafu said...

Sorry to hear you are not well. Constant severe pain can be so difficult to handle, particularly if it gets in the way of things you want to do. You have my sympathy and I hope your doctor can help with a better solution.

Autumn Leaves said...

"the way they live and the things they do should be clear evidence of their Christian life"

So true words. I need to take them to heart. Not that I do anything too terrible but still, not where I should be.

My heart goes out to you for the fibro. I suffer with it too, though my rheumatologist doc refused to treat me any longer when I quit taking the meds. He had me on Paxil/Flexeril combo and it did nothing. It seems to be the skin, the bones that hurt - not the muscles themselves. The potential side effects are worse than the pain that didn't end anyway. So now I just gut through the days. I have zero energy and just long to lie in bed most days. I'm tired, constantly sore, sometimes so crabby it frightens me. May your doc find a solution that works for you, Chris.

Elizabeth. said...

Oh Chris, I'm so sorry that you're feeling unwell again. I do pray that the doctor will be able to sort the problem out for you. My love and hugs to you. x

Anonymous said...

Let me be one of the first to wish you well and hopefully back to normal by now.

Pray for my friends in Sendai, Japan. They are old like me there now and this tsunami is very hard to cope with. For them, nothing is the same. I am afraid their memories of the day before yesterday is all they have left.

Rarelesserspotted said...

All my very best wishes for a speedy recovery - your name is in my healing box.

photowannabe said...

Oh Chris, I'm so sorry you are in such pain. I do hope your Doctor can help with the problem. Of course I'm praying the the Great Physician will heal you.

Patty said...

Hope you get to feeling better real soon. I've heard it can be very painful.

Morning's Minion said...

I am not on meds for fibromyalgia--the only ones offered over the years have been drugs that I am unwilling to take.
I know that I am blessed in being able to do quite a bit [measured] in spite of aches and fatigue--so many others have over-whelming symptoms.
Prayers for you--that the pain will diminish and you can enjoy life again.