When I was 17 years old, I caused a car accident. It wasn’t a particularly spectacular crash – but it was memorable for three reasons. First, I collided with some friends of mine; second, because I totaled my father’s Buick (the only new car he ever owned); and third, because my back has never been the same. I’ve spent time over the past twenty years with physiotherapists, massage therapists, and chiropractors making sure that everything stays moving properly.
A few years ago, during a checkup with my family doctor, the nurse who was working with him strongly suggested there was a simple solution to this and a few other health problems I had: to lose some weight. And for a time I did (and my back was better) – but once again, I find myself in the same position; I need to lighten the load. And you’d think, with the evidence so blatantly obvious (lighter Mike=healthier Mike), this would be easy. But I like yummy food and would rather watch sports on TV than workout myself.
Matthew 19:16-22 introduces us to a man who’s name we will never know – we only know that he’s a rich, young man. But he runs to Jesus looking for answers – namely, what does he need to do to gain eternal life (cf Mt 19:16)? The story ends with him going away sad, because what was asked of him was more than he was willing to do. And sadly, he and I have more in common than I’d like to admit (and unfortunately, it’s not the “wealthy” part…)Continue Reading