Extracting the bad for the good

By Jimmy Cochran


I don’t like pain. I don’t like things being pulled out of my body … especially when I am awake. But, even more than that, I don’t like harmful things being in my body that will cause me problems now and in days to come. And so, I come to the point at hand.

A couple of weeks ago, I had four teeth extracted and a partial denture put in my mouth. Besides the fact that I am now channeling my grandmother as I put the “thing” in a glass of water every night and put the “thing” back into my mouth in the morning, I am dealing with the whole discomfort angle of this procedure. My teeth needed to come out, no question about it, because they had been crowned and come off time and time again, and things progressed until, well, the places were beginning to cause problems in my mouth and even in my whole system.

So, the day of reckoning came, the Novocaine had been injected, and the problem teeth were extracted. The following days weren’t a total pleasure, but little by little, the pain has lessened and my mouth has been adjusting to the “new normal.”

All of us, believe it or not, have things in our lives that are causing us harm. Often, we can rid ourselves of harmful habits by hard work and prayer, but we also have those things that it will take an intervention by God to extract the offending patterns. They may be patterns of less-than-appropriate language; language that doesn’t honor God or give you the example to others you should have as a Christ-follower.

Perhaps, we have patterns at our jobs of demeaning co-workers or employees, patterns of bullying others, listening to and sharing offensive jokes, being a poor sport at athletic events (including children and student’s games as well as professional teams), and more things we may need God’s help to uncover.

These are all things that we will need to pray for God to extract those behaviors from our lives so that He will be seen. When we are not living totally for Him, then we are living against Him and pain and difficult challenges may face us to get back to a Godly life. Now, please do not think that God does not love us when we are living apart from His way, because He loves all of us … all the time … regardless. He just wants to be the primary focus of our lives. For us to live for Him. And share His Love and message with those around and be encouraging to those who get discouraged. As the familiar Christian hashtag says: #Love GodLoveOthers.

And for today my friends, this has been the gospel according to Jimmy.

Jimmy Cochran is a resident of McDonough, a musician, a minister and the author of Being God’s and Staying God’s, both available at Amazon.com. Being God’s is also available at Moye’s Pharmacy in McDonough.