Or is it the first symptom of an internal malignancy? And is that fluid in the ear making you a little spinny or (cue to forboding music) is it a sign of a brain stem stroke?
Oh-oh…lost weight lately? (even if you’re on Weight Watchers)…You’d better get your affairs in order!!!!
I don’t know about you but I get tired of being bombarded with fearful jolts from media anytime you turn around. These last little zingers I picked up from the November issue of Consumer Reports. (“When to see a doctor” page 13)
Well if these things aren’t anxiety producing enough…check this out. No sense giving yourself a hypochondriac check up every morning, just order one of these DNA kits and seal your fate once and for all. For a mere $399 you can find out if you have genetic markers for such nasties as: Diabetes, Cancer, Obesity, and more! (Wonder if they’ve found a market for malignant tempers or obnoxious personalities yet.)
My problem with these things? I think for many of us, our response to these things is usually FEAR. And then consider this: In studies of patients who were told “Change or DIE” because of their heart disease, nearly 90-something percent were unable to change their lifestyles.
So, if I found out I had the genetic marker for diabetes, would that cause me to turn down the Twinkies? Or just so “no” to Nutrasweet if Multiple Sclerosis showed up on my markers? (And she sets her Diet Coke down in between typing this. And as far as the Twinkies are concerned, I think they’re disgusting.)
Be it heath worries or Obama worries or Fill in your fear here…life is too short to spend it full of fear.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what Scripture exhorts us to do more than anything else. It isn’t love God. Or do good deeds. Or preach the Gospel.
It’s FEAR NOT.
And here’s a little nugget from me…about that itch? It really is very likely…..just an itch.