Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A Trip to the Dermatologist and Maturity

I went for the first time ever to the Dermatologist this morning. My children are regulars there with skin issues going way back to acne, etc. Something came up on my face about six years ago. It didn't hurt and I was fine with it. It's my face, after all. But, Mary, my wife, has not been ok with it from the beginning. So, it took her around six years to wear me down. I cave much quicker on other stuff.

So, I went in this morning and took off my shirt and sat down. The doctor, a wonderful guy, came in and introduced himself. He asked why I was there. I told him my wife made me come in. He said: "Gee, I've never heard that before." He's awfully funny.

I showed him the place on my face and he found another 10 or so places just like it. He looked and said (using very scientific terms) that it was harmless "warty" stuff that comes with maturity. I said: "Oh good. I'm so glad it has nothing to do with aging." He offered to take the thing off my face, but said it was ok with him. So, I allowed as how if it was ok with him, it was great with me.

There is a cyst on my back that he can remove if need be but it was ok too. So, I posted my results on facebook and I've gotten all kinds of interesting remarks. One guy says his wife tried to get his "wart" off with nail polish remover. One of my "friends" said that for insurance purposes these things are called senior acne.

There are some good things about maturity. Of course, the maturity I'm talking about has nothing to do with age. It can have something to do with aging but it doesn't have to. I've seen younger people with a lot of maturity. And, I've seen older people with the maturity of a teenager.

Jesus says: "Be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect." Perfect means something like maturity- maturity in love. If we are fortunate, we live to grow older. And, I hope with God's help, and the Holy Spirit's guidance, that we are growing into maturity as well.

And, remember God loves us "warts" and all. Thank God.
Dave Nichols

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