By the time you read this, I will hopefully be home from the hospital after a second knee replacement surgery. The first one was such a game-changer, I can’t imagine what it’s going to be like to have TWO good knees! That means I’ll be out of the office for a few weeks, but not to worry, our amazing staff and volunteers will keep things humming along! I am constantly amazed at what medicine has wrought and the miracle of an artificial knee and now a second one!
On the other hand, what has made it such a big success was more than a good doctor and a good prosthesis…it was a determination to make a change – a BIG change in my own life. I’ve had to change the way I eat, the way I exercise, even the way I walk (thanks to the physical therapist’s patience). But the biggest change has been in the way I think. That’s always where real change has to take root. It’s certainly not magic and it’s certainly not a once-and-done process. Every day I have to think about doing the things that will not only enhance the surgery, but sustain the change. Some days, not so great. Other days, I’m blown away by the difference.
So what needs to change in your life? We spend all day, every day at MSH talking about change and how to make it happen. Unfortunately, nothing substitutes for plain hard work and perseverance. Years of bad habits, poor choices, difficult circumstances, and excuses can only be overcome with new thinking that leads to new behavior. And it is all wrapped up in support and encouragement and accountability and shared experiences in change.
I used to think it was hard to relate to our moms because my life experience was so different than theirs….NOT! My life (and yours) is so very much the same as theirs. My circumstances may be different on the surface, but underneath they are full of the same challenges: constantly evaluating, constantly searching, recovering from disappointments and feelings of inadequacy, hanging in there when things seem overwhelming or discouraging, looking for moments to celebrate the successes and the wonderful people in my life, trying to find a little perspective to see the progress, changing the way I think and behave to become the woman God intended me to be. It’s daunting!
One of my favorite passages of scriptures is from 2 Corinthians 4. I share a few of these verses with you today as encouragement for what you may be facing. I’m at the beginning of another long and arduous recovery from surgery. Our mothers, many in the fight of their life, are moving to be stronger and healthier, too. What are you facing? Let this encourage you today:
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed….Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
Your troubles may seem neither light nor momentary, but they are the building blocks that can lead to real change. Some days, not so great. But don’t lose heart…embrace the change.