Think You Have A Headache Today?
I read an article this week about a surgery performed on the wrong patient! Melanie Dadourian writes: “Doctors in Nairobi have been suspended for performing brain surgery on the wrong patient. A case of mistaken identification tags caused a mix-up between two patients — one needed surgery for a blood clot on the brain, the other just nursing and non-invasive treatment for swelling after a head trauma. It wasn’t until hours into the surgery that doctors discovered there was no blood clot, according to a report from the BBC news service.”
Wow. The wrong surgery on the wrong person for the wrong health need is a real problem indeed. Now both patients had a severer headache! Perhaps your headache does not feel as bad after reading this!
Doctors tell me that most headaches are caused by a lack of hydration. When you learned about drinking 8 or more cups of water today in school, it was good advice! Some headaches are caused by chemical issues in the brain. Sometimes its trauma or head trauma related. Even when the eyes do not properly process sunlight a headache could occur. Sinus issues can contribute to them. Sometimes tumors and abnormal growths are the culprit. Many times, stress can create headaches.
Perhaps all of us have heard someone say something to the effect that another person caused their headache! Actually – other people cannot cause our headaches. How we process situations (our reactions or responses) would be the cause. The external circumstances another person brings to bear does not enter into our head and cause the headache. How we interpret and relate to the “potentially stressful situations” makes a big difference. We could call these types of headaches – “Relational Headaches.”
Each of us have processes (ways of interpreting and evaluating data) and responses to stimuli or circumstances. How we respond can cause more problems (headaches) or cause more peace, and tranquility.
Here are some “Heart Remedies for Relational Headaches…”
- Cast Your Cares to the Lord. 1 Peter 5:6-7 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Please know that humility and releasing the burden and weight of a situation go together. A proud person will try to fix it, carry it or resolve it on his own. He may create a self-induced headache because he is not humble enough to trust God and accept His outcomes. We cannot change people; but we can allow the Lord to change us. Give your concern to God today. All relationships are helped when we carry less guilt, grief, or weight into them.
- Commit Your Way to the Lord. Psalm 37:4-5 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
Wanting more, wanting our way, and demanding our “rights” are good ways to acquire and sustain a headache. When we delight in God, His Word, and His way for living, we are given more than we could ever hope for. Because this is not always tangible and physical it is often overlooked. The Lord can bring to pass any hope, dream, or aspiration that He places in your heart. Our part in this is to “delight in Him.” When we commit all our way to God we find the satisfaction in life that God has promised to us.
- Confess Your Need for the Lord. Colossians 1:18 And he (Jesus) is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. And Colossians 2:10 And ye (Christians) are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
One preacher at church recently quoted a missionary and said: “Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God.” I like the statement. It seems most Christians do the attempting but do not do the expecting. When we assume leadership, authority, or expectations that God did not give to us, we are sure to create our own headaches or even give cause for contributing to a headache in other people.
We need God. The local church is His church. Jesus is the Head. When we try take leadership instead of servanthood, we err. We are complete in Jesus. When we serve, allowing the Lord to do the thinking, planning, directing, and overseeing, we lesson the likelihood of relational headaches that would otherwise occur. God may or may not use us, or other people to fulfill His plan. Whether at home, church, or in the community, when we follow the leadership of Christ – is helps us!
If you have a headache today – it could be worse. You could be contributing to a relational headache that the Lord never intended for you to have. May these 3 simple truths be a help to you today.