Broken Toes are Still Broken

Ramblings on Faith

October 19, 2008

A crazy thing happened on the way to bed the other night…I think. My wife tells me I tripped. I do not recall it happening. I do know I went to bed on Saturday and woke up on Sunday with a bruised, sore and swollen big toe. I have chronic insomnia so I take one of those sleep aids that helps me fall asleep. I know…too much information…but it is what it is.


At any rate, those sleep aids are interesting in that they help me fall asleep without feeling like I just got shot with a tranquilizer gun. I am not sure how it works but it does. I occasionally take the aid and get sidetracked between the kitchen and my bedroom and stay up too long. When I do I end up having a conversation with my wife or watching some television or tripping and have no memory of it. I can’t tell you how many times my wife reminds me of a conversation I started or something I told her and I cannot for the life of me remember a word of it. What I do know is that my toe really hurts. I have bumped and bruised that toe several times since mid summer. I seem to go from one bruise to the next. I have had a continuously “bad toe” since July 11 when I had an unfortunate experience with a skid loader and an untrained driver (perhaps I will tell you about that another time).


The point of all this is that life can be similar to my big toe issue. I keep aggravating the same wound and it does not heal. It’s just a small part of my life and yet it keeps clouding my overall wellness. It does not matter that I cannot remember how I keep bumping it. I just know that it keeps getting bumped and I keep experiencing pain. Sometimes in life it is simple small things strung together over weeks and months that add up to a big issue. You can be bummed out, irritable and maybe even a little depressed and not know what led to it. You are in a rut and you don’t remember taking a wrong turn.


Well, let me be the first person to encourage you to get over it. Snap out of it. Wake up and smell the roses. Get back on your horse. Pull yourself up by the bootstraps. Dust yourself off. Wipe that frown off your face and smile. It might be a little awkward at first, but give it a try. Quit analyzing why you are unhappy and decide to be happy. It can get worse and you do have some control. You may not be in the perfect situation and you may not have everything you want, but you still have a lot going for you.


There is a passage of scripture in II Corinthians 4. The Apostle Paul is discussing his hard times. I am in no way comparing my bruised toe or your bruised life to the difficulties Paul endured, but I would like to share with you the choice he made in the face of those difficulties. He chose to find something good to think about even when the reality of his life was torturous. That’s all I am asking you to do. Consider his words in II Corinthians 4:16-18, as interpreted by The Message translation of the Bible:


So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever. 

So, since you do have a choice, I encourage you to have a great week. Let me hear from you! rex

About admin

I am currently serving as the Associate Minister at a Church in Earlham, Iowa, population about 1300. There are probably another 1300 folks who live outside the “city limits.” I am married to my lovely wife Heather. We moved from Mesa, AZ in January 2006. We have a dog (Sammy) and a cat (Daphne). We also have a 92 year old house the sucks the life out of me (Rex), and costs a whole lot of money to upgrade, and is generally a pain in my butt…but I am not bitter. So far I have set my arm on fire, broken my wrist, broken my toe, got tendonitis in my foot, fell out of the bucket of skid loader, captured and “removed” 13 bats from my attic, been to the chiropractor dozens of times and have more doctors on my payroll than I care to admit. I am not very handy! Iowa has been so life-changing for me, but I love the pace of life, pace of ministry and the quality of people. I went to college at Atlanta Christian College near Atlanta, GA where I recieved a Bachelors Degree in Christian Ministry/Preaching. I went to Seminary at Emmanuel School of Religion in Johnson City, TN., where I recieved a Master of Divinity degree with a specialization in Christian Care and Counseling. In addition, I have 2800 hours of post-graduate training as a Chaplain specializing in Crisis Care. I have served Churches in GA, KY, NC, AZ and now Iowa. I have also served as a Chaplain at hospitals in AL and AZ in addition to serving as a Corporate Chaplain with several companies in the metro Phoenix area for a short time. I was also blessed with the opportunity to serve as a Chaplain at the in-field hospital at a NASCAR race in Talladega, AL (once) and as a Chaplain to the Mesa Miners professional baseball team (six weeks). Rex L. Stancil Associate Minister Earlham Church of Christ 515.867.8559 mobile 515.758.2020 home 515.758.2787 office
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