I saw my ankle doctor Thursday. He said he was pleased with my progress, which pleased me. But then he said I needed to start physical therapy, which did not please me. I thought of the toll the therapy appointments would take on my schedule. Dr. Bob noted my frown, smiled, and shook his head. “If you really want to heal,” he said, “you have to do the work.”

I knew what he meant. I’ve been in physical therapy for other injuries over the years (yes, I’m a klutz), and am fully aware of the problems that arise from not committing to the necessary work after the injury heals. I sighed, got the referral from Dr. Bob, and made the appointment: I start PT on Monday.

Driving home, I thought of how many PT sessions with the Lord I’ve skipped over the years. I pray, asking for His assistance with a problem. He helps me and heals me. I thank Him and continue on. But do I do the work? Do I look carefully at what caused the problem, so I can change that aspect of my life and lessen the chance of that problem happening again? Or do I limp along until the next time I fall, and then rely on God to heal me again?

We are blessed to be the children of a Father who loves us without ceasing and without condition. His Grace is a gift we cannot hope to earn. And yet, if we truly believe, we understand there is work to be done in His Name – on ourselves and for one another. If we ignore the work, we run the risk of repeating our sinful behavior. More importantly, we run the risk of moving away from the Lord as we reject His care and take His healing love for granted.

If we want to share in God’s glory, then let us share in His work as well – beginning with our own hearts. Let us be eager and active participants in our healing, working daily to grow stronger in thought, word, and deed, that we may serve our Lord well and bring honor to His Name.

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’” Matthew 25:23