My study of the scriptures has had a profound effect on my life. As I have studied, I have grown closer to God and found answers to real challenges in my life. This blog is a scripture journal that records insights I have discovered in the past and continue to gain as I search, ponder, and pray.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Mark 2:18 We All Need the Physician

Last night I watched the Biggest Loser.  The heaviest, sickest man ever in Biggest Loser history was eliminated.  This was even after pleas from is trainers to keep him there and send someone else home.  As the team sat in the elimination room, one of them said, "we all need to be here."   Yet, was the expectation that someone else who needed it too should be sacrificed?

Sometimes I feel so troubled and so much in need of help.  One of the "remedies" we are often told for our struggles is to find someone else in a worse setting and serve them.  When I do this, I often find myself feeling guilty for thinking my struggles are bad.  At least I don't live in a war ravaged, impoverished nation...

However, just because their struggles may be worse, doesn't mean that mine are non-existent!  Just because someone's needs are more pronounced, does not negate my needs.

In fact, we all have needs!  We all need the great Physician.

The miracle is, that we all can partake of Christ's atonement and mercy.   The atonement is big enough for all of us!  Whether our needs are small or great, it doesn't matter.  He is there.  He has already paid the price.

Unlike the Biggest Loser, Christ's mercy isn't limited.  I don't have to be sacrificed  because my needs are smaller than another's.  Someone else doesn't have to be eliminated so that I can stay.  We can all be partakers of  God's mercy.  We just need to come to him as the publicans and sinners did.


  1. Isn't it interesting how many times in out lives we turn around and say... "Well I know that works, but I am the exception! I know that we can come clean from our sins, white as snow, but I can't seem to forgive myself."

    It truly is powerful that the Lord God our redeemer has and unlimited Atonement.

    On that note what are you thoughts about how we can remember this more fully?

  2. One thing I have to remember is that the problems that might be killing others could be a piece of cake for me. And those trials that make me feel like I'm drowning could be easy for someone else. Trials are never a comparison of apples to apples. But no matter the trial and no matter how far lost we feel, there is always the perfect amount of help waiting for us.