Healing is, without exception, the goal. What does healing require? Pain killers? Do pain killers heal? THEY DO NOT! They may make the pain tolerable while the body’s innate healing mechanisms can work, but they do not heal. What will the athletic trainers do to help the injured athlete? They may administer pain relievers, but NEVER without also doing whatever they can to help the athlete’s built in healing mechanisms–the wonderfully created healing mechanisms. They may apply cold to limit swelling or heat to increase circulation or both in intervals. They may wrap an area to limit flexion or movement so that the injured tissue is forced to REST. Generally, they remove the athlete from action for a while. Why? To let the body’s innate healing system to work. Has a trainer or, for that matter, a doctor ever healed anyone of anything? NO! They can only facilitate the body’s built in healing processes. Doctors are trained to re-position broken bones, but the bones heal because they are created to regenerate tissue. Doctors can remove a badly inflamed appendix, but they cannot make the wound heal after the surgery. They can control the pain and keep the wound clean, but they cannot make tissue heal itself.
I’m 71 and I am sick and tired of hearing my “age peers” accept pain as just being something to tolerate in “old age”. They have taken the “dummy light” out of the dashboard of their lives if they buy this lie of the enemy. Sure our bodies change with aging but the change is highly manageable through our lifestyle–physical, mental, emotional and SPIRITUAL. Jesus did not say, “My peace I give you……..until you get older than a certain age.” God shows us example after example in the Bible of folks who lived to be quite old and who remained active, pain free, and productive.