I don't make a habit of visiting hospitals. But during the few moments I've spent there, I've run across a few questions are both annoying and laughable at the same time. Questions like:
"What would you consider to be an acceptable level of pain?" (Is there any other answer than NONE!?)
"What brings you here today?" (I always want to say: 'Just out for a stroll and thought I'd stop by.')
And a personal favorite: "How would you rate your pain on a scale of 1 to 10?" (It's worth doing a YouTube search of Brian Regan for this question.)
Let's flip that question to your spiritual health: "How would you rate your relationship with God on a scale of 1 to 10?"
No really. What rating would you give yourself?
I'll go out on a limb and say that whatever number you thought of left some room for improvement. Isn't it ironic that the focus of our ministry is helping others grow spiritually, but we often fail to take our own spiritual temperature?
My hope and prayer for you is that you can take a moment to evaluate your relationship with God, as well as prayerfully seek Him for the prescription to improve that relationship.
Note: This was written as a lead page for the conference notebook for the CCCA Illinois Sectional.