Are you wasting away? Join the club!

14 Aug

FirefoxScreenSnapz262FirefoxScreenSnapz263Within one week I have developed three problems with my right leg. FirefoxScreenSnapz261 I have a weak hamstring, the beginnings of plantar fasciitus, and a serious case of athlete’s foot!  Really.  My whole right side is a mess.  This on top of occasional stabbing pain from arthritus on the top of my right foot.

I played a tennis match last night and during the very first point of the match I felt my right hamstring tweak a bit.  I prayed that I could make it through the match (that hamstring made me FirefoxScreenSnapz264retire in a match months before.  It was followed by weeks of physical therapy), and I did.  So I spent some of today looking up exercises for a weak hamstring (’cause I have a weak mind and had forgotten the exercises I spent over $500 to learn months before).

I like being active.  I like playing tennis with guys 20-30 years younger than me.  My body disagrees with my likes.  I can hear the conversation my hamstring had with my foot yesterday:

Hamstring:  “Hey.  Foot.  Let’s show this old guy who’s in charge!”
Foot:  “What do you mean, Hammie?”

Hamstring:  “I mean he’s always acting like he’s 30 and he’s over TWICE that!  FirefoxScreenSnapz265Tell you what:  I’ll tweak him just a bit to scare him some and you can do, well, whatever it is that you do!”

Foot:  “Deal!  Maybe we can convince him to buy a rocking chair!”

2 Corinthians 4:16-17 says, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”

There’s a lot in this passage that I don’t understand.  How do you not lose heart when body parts are conspiring and physical therapists are plotting to separate me from my money?  I don’t understand why we have to “waste away.”  I don’t understand why it is I ache where I didn’t even know there were places which could get sore, or pop, or get strained.

But I do understand a few things:  (1)  This world is fallen and broken and in pain (like my body parts).  I should expect some effects of the Fall in Genesis 3 in my own life (thanks, Adam & Eve).  (2) This world is not the only FirefoxScreenSnapz266one that is.  There will come a new world and I will get a brand-new resurrection body without plantar fasciitus or athlete’s foot or weak hamstrings.  So I need to think a bit more about that new world that’s a-comin’.  (3) I need to focus more on allowing my inner man to be renewed!  This is not to say that our bodies are the prisonhouse of our souls or that we shouldn’t exercise or take care of ourselves.  It is the simple truth that we are more than our bodies, more than our athletic abilities, more than our energy and stamina can produce.  And lastly, (4) I must take a comparative view and somehow recognize that the issue really is between “light and momentary troubles” versus “an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”  Meanwhile, I’ve just got one question for you:  Got any Ben Gay?


1.  What physical exercises do you regularly do?

2.  What spiritual disciplines do you regularly practice?


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7 responses to “Are you wasting away? Join the club!

  1. Shawn Powers

    August 14, 2013 at 8:36 am


    Shawn Powers
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    Columbia International University
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    Ben Lippen High School
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    The Lord is a warrior, the Lord is His name. – Exodus 15:3

  2. Dr. Larry Dixon

    August 14, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Thanks, Shawn! Want to compare aches and pains? In my humble opinion, whacking the tennis ball around would be good for both of us! Praying for you, my friend.

  3. Miss.OnceUponAMarathon

    August 14, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Plantar Fasciitis!! AHHH! I just had terrible bouts with this condition. STOP everything you are doing that increases this (i.e. physical activity). And hopefully you will be one of the lucky ones that it goes away quickly :). Make sure you stretch your calves regularly. Tight calves can lead to plantar fasciitis.
    I enjoyed reading the post!

  4. Dr. Larry Dixon

    August 15, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Thanks so much for your comments — and for the advice! Unfortunately, I have two tennis matches coming up — and both are on hard courts! But I’ve been stretching. Blessings. Larry

  5. John

    August 15, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Sorry to hear about your maladies. I am sure that Johnson @Johnson would be glad to take your money to supply you with Ben Gay or any other medication you might want.
    Your maladies are well within the scope of PREVENTIVE medical care practices to avoid their happening in the first place.
    The world is not fallen and broken in pain! It is us that make it seem to be so. Open your eyes and mind and you will not only see but also feel the beauty of our world.
    If there happens to be a God, He surely would not want you to spend all your energy and time to get prepared for what you call “another world”. It would be more likely that He would expect you to fully do in THIS world what He has you created for, that is to lead a healthy and useful life with as few regrets as you might have.

  6. Amy L. Dixon Watson

    August 15, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Thank you for that post, I enjoyed reading it. I am reminded daily that this world has so much that takes away life but God is so gracious in giving us back life, even in little doses. Through relationships, bouts of energy, and blessings unexpected. What a hopeful passage I needed to be reminded of…”achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” Even in my 2nd trimester pregnancy woes this is such a good reminder! Aren’t you proud I finally read another of your blog entries?! 🙂

  7. Dr. Larry Dixon

    August 15, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    You’re the best, Amy! Thanks for your comments — and our wonderful grandchildren! Dad


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