In 2007 when I suffered my two strokes, my very first thought was that I would simply work hard to overcome my situation. In fact, working hard had paid dividends for me in my life up to that point; so, I had no reason to believe it wouldn’t work again. As I was lying motionless in the bed, I decided that I would just put my head down and apply myself, as I did in school and in the corporate world. I would overcome my situation. But as I laid in the bed, unable to walk or talk, I became overwhelmed and realized that recovering from the strokes was not something I could do on my own. I was very fortunate that also very early in my journey I made the decision to surrender and turn to God. When I made that decision, I felt a sense of comfort. I didn’t feel alone anymore, and the mountain didn’t seem nearly as insurmountable. My recovery from the two strokes took off the moment I made the decision to trust God.
As I look back, I realize the decision I made was I was going to live by “the word” and not live by “the world”. As I sit today in reflection, I recognize there were many times in my life prior to 2007 that I chose to live in “the world” and not in “the word”. While the only difference between word and world is the letter L, there is a vast distinction between the two phrases. We live in the world and every day we need to make decisions; and sometimes we will choose the worldly approach. When, in fact, we should be choosing divine truths. Everything we need to live our lives is contained in the bible. The Bible is God’s word.
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.