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Three Cheers for the Inward Man

So, I had another birthday recently.  Let me explain to you youngsters what that means. Two months ago I was diagnosed with Acute Sinusitis. It took a month full of medications and a few cancelled events for me to beat it.  Well, I didn’t really beat it. When it left my nose and I stopped the uncontrollable coughing, it settled in my left ear.  This time the diagnosis was Eustachian Tube Dysfunction, meaning I have zero hearing in that ear. Next week, I will complete four rounds of antibiotics plus various rinses and sprays.  If I am still missing my hearing, my doctor (I’ve actually seen three doctors and two PAs in the last six weeks) will decide if I need a Scan of some kind to determine if surgery is needed to remove polyps in the ear canal.  Meanwhile, a skin-cancer showed up on my forehead.  A biopsy revealed another Basil cell on top of where two earlier ones had been.  I have been referred to a Surgeon for my tenth MOHS surgery.  I hear someone saying, “Yeah, but you are retired so have nothing else to do.”  Next week I have a preaching assignment and I leave for my monthly teaching session with pastors and church leaders in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.  All the while, many of my friends and family are already in heaven thinking I didn’t make it  In 1976, Ralph Carpenter, a Dallas newsman announced at a close basketball game, The opera ain’t over until the fat lady sings.” Well, my young friends, pay no attention to her.  She’s just warming up.  The Apostle Paul, who had a few aging issues himself, wrote,  “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.” So, three cheers for the inward man.   In the words of that great philosopher Yogi Berra, “It ain’t over till it’s over.”

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