Direct Diagnosis


Judy rushed in to see her doctor, looking very much worried and all strung out. She rattled off, “Doctor, take a look at me. When I woke up this morning, I looked at myself in the mirror and saw my hair all wiry and frazzled up, my skin was all wrinkled and pasty, my eyes were bloodshot and bugging out, and I had this corpse-like look on my face! What’s wrong with me, Doctor?”

The physician looked her over for a couple of minutes, then calmly said, “Well, I can at least give you some good news. There’s nothing wrong with your eyesight.”

That reminds me of the man who saw his doctor one day and got bad news. “You are really sick,” said his doctor.

“I want a second opinion,” said the patient.

“Ok,” said the doctor, “you’re also fat.”

Here’s the point. First, sometimes the truth hurts. Second, don’t ask questions for which you don’t want answers. That is true in all aspects of life. Most of us don’t ask enough questions, and when we do, if we don’t like the answers, we ignore them.

The Bible tells the story of a man looking in a mirror, then walking away the same as he was in the first place. We are reminded of the foolishness of such a response.

To be successful in life we need to ask the right questions, listen to the diagnosis, and then act on what we learn. And it’s always good to get a second opinion.


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