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Today’s Blog Contributor:
Sue Timpe is an ordained minister and Associate Pastor at Cedar Park Church in Bothell. An organ performance major at the UW, Sue has been involved in church music, choir and productions all her life and currently leads worship at Cedar Park’s traditional service. A cancer survivor, Sue leads a cancer support group and does grief counseling. She is passionate about affirming others of their value in Jesus Christ.
Out With the Old
So often these days I see parallels in my life that seem to have a much deeper meaning. Over the summer I thought about my yard work and how it changes with the seasons. (And I am keenly aware of the fall cleanup that is still needed!) It brought to mind the changes I have seen in my various seasons of life.
Lately there is another parallel I have been pondering. Last spring I knew I needed to take powerful steps towards better health. I am a cancer survivor, having had Stage 3 Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma four years ago. I was setting new records, but not in a good way. My blood pressure was running scary high and my medications had been increased not once, not twice, but three times. I thought to myself, “It would be a shame to survive cancer, only to die of a stroke!”
So at the end of April I took a deep breath and walked forward, through the doors and into a Weight Watchers meeting. My sister was there – my sister who went through breast cancer treatment while I was going through mine. My sister who had chemo along with me – in the same room (the clinic loved us!!!) and whose husband passed away three years ago from leukemia. Our family really, really HATES cancer. I lost an eye to a tumor when I was an infant. It is a horrible disease. Well she had put on a few pounds since her husband died and she invited me to join her.
Little by little I have taken positive steps toward health. I have paid attention to each and every thing that has gone in my mouth. I have made an effort to walk (I don’t run – but who knows….). I park my car away from the store so I need to walk farther, and maybe even take an extra lap around the store before I leave. And my husband has joined me on the journey!
As I ponder this journey, I am again reminded that there is so much in this life I have no control over. But there are things I can have some control over and my weight is one of them. It’s a decision I made to actually do something about it. And then the Holy Spirit speaks in that gentle voice to other areas of my life, beyond the physical things, that I can pay some attention to. Hebrews 12:1-2 says, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith…”
I know what He is saying to me – “Sue, be closer to me. Spend more time with me and in my word. You let other things take their place. Remember to be my hands and heart extended. It’s not about you all the time, but it’s about what you can do for Me.” And I have tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat as I write this out.
Is He speaking to you? Do you hear that voice telling you to throw off something old and become new? Is there a burden that weighs you down? He wants you to give it to Him! Is there a behavior that needs to be changed? Believe me, He can help! He wants to! I am getting close to my goal – down 42 lbs! I still have 20 to go. I can do it. And with God’s help, so can you!
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
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