Well here I am back in Houston, at the U.T. M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. I’m working in the Neuro-oncology Department. Doing research on VEGF and angiogenesis. It’s a lot more interesting than you might think.

Anyway, I’ve been thinking a lot about cancer and tumors and all that. It’s crazy stuff, really. A group of cells just go crazy and they start proliferating like mad. It doesn’t really matter what’s good for the body, they just care about their own growth, at the expense of everything else if necessary. But of course what’s good for them isn’t necessarily the best for the whole body. The growth of the body can’t be judged by the growth of one part alone.

I hope the parallel to the Christian body is pretty obvious. I guess thinking about cancer has made me think about it a lot. But I guess one thing I’ve seen is people thinking the best thing they can do is help their own thing grow as much as possible. And it does grow, to the benefit of those in that particular group, but that growth may not be to the benefit of the whole body. In fact, it may be detrimental to the body as a whole.

I think true growth is a coordinated, concerted effort, where each body part looks to the benefit of all the others as well. Wanting to grow too much for one’s self isn’t a good thing; though it itself might grow, it could kill the body it’s part of.

I’m hoping and asking for help – that whatever I’m part of that I might not get shut in my own world but that I would seek to work with and for the benefit of others as well.

Maybe this sounded odd. Oh well. I figure no one’s reading it anyway. Working at this hospital has just made me parallel everything in life to tumors.

Have a nice day.

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