What a Pill!

What a pill!  I hate taking pills of any kind!  I dislike being tethered to an in-home pharmacy.  I want to be free to return to the good old days when a multivitamin was more than I really needed.  A pill was my mother’s favorite description of me– “Kay, stop being a pill!   Today I maintain a pill dispenser stocked with pink pills, blue pills, white pills, green capsules, red capsules, yellow capsules, round, oblong and hexagonal shaped medications. (OK, so I’ve indulged in a bit of hyperbole here.)  But, you name ‘em, I take ‘em.  True, the need to take medicine daily, I partly earned in my less-than-stellar lifestyle; and others I inherited from the maladies of past generations. Some mornings I am tempted to toss the entire ‘kit and caboodle’ out my bathroom window!  However, when confronting  my primary care physician, I grouse, “Which can I stop taking?”  Her answer is “None.  You need each and every one.”  What a pill!

Watching TV ads remind me of my dependency.  Every ache and pain imaginable to humankind is detailed, discussed, and dramatized.  And each has a magic pill that will bring peace and comfort, whatever the problem may be, followed by the list of nightmarish side effects revealed in a softer, faster cadence at the end of the 30-second ad.   When I can fast-forward through most of them, I do. But occasionally I must suffer the irritating promotions interupting my evening newscast–a subject saved for a later blog.

The good news is, I’ve found a way to better deal with this modern day phenomenon in the admonition found in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 “Give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for your life in Christ Jesus.” NIV  It’s so simple!  Both when I ingest my daily medications and when I am forced to view the endless TV ads I give thanks!  With each pill I thank God for the scientist who discovered the cure keeping me alive or the capsule preventing further complications in my aging body.  As to the myriad of TV ads, I thank God for reminding me of each and every medication advertised which I do not need to take.  Either way I am praising God and thanking Him for the pesky little pills determined to invade my life and sully my joy.

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