I received something in the mail from my Grandmother the other day and I thought I'd share it. 

The problems you face will either defeat you or develop you depending on how you respond to them.  Unfortunately, most people fail to see how GOD wants to use problems for good in their lives.  They react foolishly and resent their problems rather than pausing to consider what benefit they might bring.  Here are several ways GOD wants to use the problems in your life:

God uses problems to DIRECT you.  Sometimes, God must light a fire under you to get you moving.  Problems often point us in a new direction and motivate us to change.  Is God trying to get your attention?  Sometimes it takes a painful situation to make us change our ways.  (Proverbs 20:30);  God uses problems to INSPECT you.  People are like tea bags if you want to know what's inside them, just drop them into hot water!  Has God ever tested your faith with a problem?  What do problems reveal about you?  "When you have many kinds of troubles, you should be fully of joy, because you know that these troubles test your faith, and this will give you patience." (James 1:2-3).

God uses problems to CORRECT you.  Some lessons we learn only through pain and failure.  It's likely that as a child your parents told you not to touch a hot stove.  But you probably learned by being burned.  Sometimes, we only learn the value of something health, money, a relationship by losing it.  "It was the best thing that could have happened to me, for it taught me to pay attention to your Laws." (Psalm 119:71-72);  God uses problems to PROTECT you.  A problem can be a blessing in disguise if it prevents you from being harmed by something more serious.  Last year, a friend was fired for refusing not to do something unethical that his boss had asked him to do.  His employment was a problem but it saved him from being convicted and sent to prison a year later when management's actions were eventually discovered.  "You intended to harm, but God intended it for good." (Gen 50:20) 

God uses problems to PERFECT you.  Problems, when responded to correctly, are character builders.  God is far more interested in your character than your comfort.  Your relationship to God and your character are the only two things you're going to take with you into eternity.  We can rejoice when we run into problems, they help us learn to be patient.  And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady." (Romans 5:3-4).  Here's the point - God is at work in your life even when you do not recognize it or understand it.  But it is much easier and profitable when you cooperate with Him!  There is no need for you to worry.  God is at work in your life; He will not fail you...

Thanks, Grandma...

I cannot tell you how twists and turns my young life has taken.  This is the case for most of us.  It's how we respond to these things that define us.  So, don't worry.  Stop living in fear.  What you think about, you bring about, so concentrate on finding the seed of equivalent benefit in every problem that you encounter.  Commit to it...

The Power of Upper Cervical

On Thursday, February 16 at 6:30PM, we will be holding a special screening of the documentary, "The Power of Upper Cervical."  This is a truly special way for people to learn about Upper Cervical Care.  The film that was put together by patients like yourselves and features some of the best of the best in our profession.  It has the potential to be life changing for your friends and family members that are suffering unnecessarily.  The "price of admission" for current patients is bringing someone with you that wants to know more about Upper Cervical, while it's free for them. 

RSVP is very important for this event.  It's being held at our office and we have but a limited number of seats, so reserve your spots as soon as possible.  Let's make this the best one, yet!

http://www.triaduppercervical.com/special_events.htm

Thinking good things for you, as always,

-Dr. Chad