by David Davis

Inner Peace in a Noisy World
Dr. David Davis
Psalm 119:165

Psalm 119:165 - ''Great peace have they which love thy law; and nothing shall offend them.''

Isaiah 26:3 - ''Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee; because he trusteth in thee.''

Colossians 3:15 - ''And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.''

A middle-aged businessman entered the doctor's waiting room at exactly 3:00 p.m. -- the split second his appointment was to begin. The doctor was a little late -- so the nervous businessman paced the floor fuming and fretting, looking at is watch. Obviously irritated by what was only a five-minute delay, he entered the consultation room where the doctor met and said, ''sit down.''

The businessman snapped back - ''I don't have time to sit down!'' ''You will have to if I examine you. What's your trouble?'' asked the doctor.

''Trouble,'' he said. ''everything is trouble. The economic situation is trouble. My company is cutting back. I am doing the work of three men. I'm all run-down and tired. I need help!''

The doctor calmly began to go through the examination. He counted the man's pulse. He took out his stethoscope and listened to his chest. He took the man's blood pressure and gave that ''Hmmm, uhmmmm.'' Then came the diagnosis, ''You are not really run-down. Your problem is you are all wound up.

''Well, give me some medicine for it,'' the man said. ''What kind of medicine do you want?'' said the doctor. ''Oh, a tranquilizer or something -- that's what I am paying you for.''

''Will you take whatever I prescribe?'' asked the doctor. ''Of course, I will,'' said the man looking at his watch nervously.

The doctor pulled out his prescription pad with that symbol of R with a slash through one leg, which stands for the Latin word ''recipe'' and means ''take.'' He began to scribble a prescription in that code only doctors and pharmacists can read.

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