By Paul Stanley

February 2, 2016

So as I sit here in my office, I am battling a cold. I hate being sick. Naturally it comes along about four days after saying to someone, "I hardly ever get sick!" If I were being totally honest, what I should have said was, "I hardly ever get sick, but when I do I am a big baby!"

When I do get a cold or some other small malady, I do feel like a big baby. I do not want to talk to anyone, study the Word, write anything (yes, I know, I am writing THIS while having a cold), or really do anything but sleep and pray that it goes away by the time I wake up. I think it is in part due to the fact that I hardly ever feel sick, so when it does come along I don't know how to act.

Now, the reason I am writing this now is because the Lord brought to my mind that I am a big baby! If I feel like this just because I have a cold, what good will I be if something really happened to me? I was sitting in a service last Saturday night where the speaker spoke of her sister who is battling ALS, who cannot move anything but her eyes at this point, writing a letter (using an eye movement app), to those of us who attended the service, saying that she was praying for US! She prayed for a movement of the Holy Spirit that would result in restoration, healing and salvation; all from her bed. She even thanked God in her letter for "trusting her with ALS," allowing her to be used by Him in her terrible sickness. And I am sitting there overwhelmed that this wonderful sister, who is feeling the worse she has ever felt in her life, is praying for me!

And here i sit whining about a little cold.

Moreover, I think of the countless brothers and sisters who suffer terrible persecution day after day, who do not sit back and say "I don't feel good," but keep on ministering and witnessing with all of their might because they know the momentary discomfort exponentially pales in comparison to the glory of what lies ahead.

So, I am going to quit whining like a baby and get to work on this Sundays sermon where we will explore the depth and wonders of the agape love poured out lavishly on God's people through Jesus Christ.

Perhaps you have felt the same way I do for various reasons. Allow me to encourage you to remember what it is we do, and who it is we serve. Push through, and watch what God may do, even when you allow Him to use you when you feel like a big baby and just want to be left alone!

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