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Before It Spreads

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

A few weeks back now I went to see Dr. Sieck about a spot on the left side of my face. He told me that with a little cream it would clear up. But he was more worried about the spot above it.

He got things set up for me to see Dr. Smith and he determined that we needed to cut a little of it out and send it off. He did what needed to be done and then I waited. In a few days, he called and wanted a consult with me.

I went in to the office and he was very quiet for Dr. Smith. He sat down and said, “Your spot is melanoma in situ.” This means that it is melanoma restricted to the epidermis. He wanted to get things rolling so he sent me to Texas Oncology.

Dr. Ferrero looked me over then said I needed to have it removed and go from there. He referred me on to Dr. Proffer there in Amarillo. Things were set up for a consult then they would decide what they would do.

I went in for the consult. Dr. Laura Proffer walked into the room and said, “Well we need to get this taken care of. We’ll take off a spot a little bigger than a quarter. Check it then go from there.” Needless to say I went home from a consult with a spot cut off my face and not looking very good!

They told me they would call me as soon as they had the results back. They called this past Thursday and they got it all! As I write this I am just a few hours from going back to get the reconstruct done. I’m a little nervous because I have no idea what will happen since my consult went the way it did.

I have told several that I just want them to make me ‘pretty’. One person said maybe you mean ‘handsome’. At this point I really don’t care whether it is ‘pretty’ or ‘handsome’ as long as I don’t have to wear band-aids on my face anymore!

I realize that there is only so much they can do with this old face, but if possible it would be nice for a little improvement! Yet the truth is, I am just glad that they called and said they got it all. The work they did never hurt at all, but cleaning and covering the spot is not what I wanted to do.

As I thought about what I have gone through with my face, I realize that is a lot like what we go through with sin in our lives. Sin may start with a ‘little spot’ in our lives. Then it can move out from there and ultimately take over our lives. It can move from spot to spot until it has covered an entire area of our lives. Sin just gets in and keeps going.

In Romans Paul shares a great deal about sin. And in 5:12 he says – “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned.”

Dr. Proffer was concerned that the spot on my face had begun to spread and wanted to make sure it was dealt with right away. It is that same way with the sin in our lives. God knows it will spread all over and impact our lives then spread to others. He wants us to deal with it so that it doesn’t spread.

1 John 1:9 says – “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” As we confess our sins, God forgives them. Sin that is confessed and turned from will not spread in our lives. So we need to deal with it before it spreads. Whether it is melanoma or some sin in our lives, we need to deal with it before it spreads.

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul