Yep! You got it! It’s “PT Time” for Pastor Stan, who is recovering from a knee revision, meaning the replaced knee that should have taken care of me for the rest of my life failed. It created a 3-day hospital stay, a ride in an ambulance, two days of them poking pills down me, then an orthopedic physician’s assistant coming into the hospital room stating, “Oh, I know what to do. I will stick a needle into his knee, draw the blood off his knee and he will be fine!” The PA was very confident and drew three large vials of bloody fluid off my knee, and I could walk again without pain. That sounds simple, right? However, going to Africa with a “loaded bomb scenario” with my leg presented the possibility of that happening again, which would require being treated in a hospital filled with disease and infection. That could mean that I wouldn’t have a leg to stand on! Therefore, I opted to stay home, get the knee issue taken care, then go back to Africa without this loaded bomb scenario, where at any time my knee might give out.

Now that I’m on the other side of pain in the knee (not posterior), I find myself doing the same thing 6 times a day! I mean, really, I don’t need to get serious about this stuff, do I? Exercising? Yikes! That doesn’t sound nice! SO, the physical therapist said, “Here are four exercises to do.” They sounded simple enough. Then I read the fine print. Repeat 10 times … Hold 5 seconds … Complete 3 sets … 2 times a day. You know what? That sounds like work … maybe I will just take the dog for a little walk!

Here is what Paul said. “But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest when I preach to others I myself should become disqualified.” 1 CORINTHIANS 9:27 How shall I discipline my body?

  1. I will take care to avoid those things that can really hurt me. They are:

H — Hungry: Our appetites have more than food in them. Eat enough so your body isn’t stressed.

A — Angry: Forgive and pray for those who use and abuse you. You need this more than the offender does!

L — Lonely: Isolation does weird things to your brain & body. We need people!

T — Tired: Vary your lifestyle enough that you don’t allow weariness to overwhelm you. Learn to sleep 8 hours at a time.

  1. I will do those things that can really help me.

A — Take every concern & care to your Heavenly Father. He loves you more than you love yourself.

B — Bible reading. Come on. Give yourself 10-30 minutes to read God’s Words.

C — Go to church. Yes, I know … Hypocrites are in church … The roof would fall in if I went, etc.

Advice:  Get over yourself and just do what God says!

Spiritual Therapist (Now, I’ve got to go do some PT … YUK!),

Pastor Stan Rutkowski