Thursday, June 22, 2006
Life is beautiful
Miss me? I missed you! I have been on an unexpected roundabout vacation. You know how I love history — but I nearly was history.
Last month I was struck with a terrible illness, caused by taking a sample pill of something new from the doctor. It literally knocked a hole in my stomach, causing me to nearly bleed to death. My daughter, Jorja, found me on the floor, her husband Michael carried me to the car and they rushed me to the hospital where my son, Walker, had made arrangements on that Saturday night for his medical friends to save my life. I was fast losing all the blood in my body and was dying. I felt myself sliding down a tunnel (with no light at the end) and realized what was happening. I’m thinking, “I’m too young to die, Lord, I still have work to do.” Then my daughter, Melody, took my face in her hands and said to me, “Mama, come back! Come back! I need you!” With that I began to rally and come back. In my semi-conscious state I could hear everything going on in that intensive care unit and hear conversations across the room. When I heard the nurse who was working frantically to save me scream, “Call in the family!” I knew I wasn’t the only one thinking I was dying. Lucky for me the Lord has left me here a little longer.
I owe my life to the Lord, then all my children, including Farrah, who was in a horse show in Florida; Randall, who was moving that day; and Scott, who was in Malaysia climbing a mountain. I owe it to Dr. David Bridger, who metal clamped those holes in my interior and to the Lord who had given him the knowledge, talent and put him there to save me, and to Dr. Michael Lovelace, who was there to latch on to the artery in my neck after all my veins collapsed, and to Dr. Jeffery Dennis for being there. Without them, I wouldn’t be here. I received six pints of blood and want to thank all those blood donors who gave their blood so that I might live.
During my recuperation I visited my children. Nothing was urgent, no deadlines, no business pending — it was a wonderful vacation with each child, except the adventurer, who was too far away. The Lord has really blessed me and I thank Him for it.
The outlook of this is that someday our lives will be over. Today may be the last day of our lives, so we should get our affairs in order. Is your insurance paid? Do you have a will? (Remember you can’t take it with you – leave it for someone else to enjoy.) Make a difference — a positive difference – in someone else’s life today. Live each day as if it is your last day on earth.
Death is a pretty good invention! Life begins, when we are born. Next comes the Golden Age. Make it good too. The old must die out to make room for the fabulous younger generations, who can do so much more than the post generations, if they will. Then all the middle years are filled with working and living. We really shouldn’t waste a day; do something great for the world so that the world is a better place because you have been here.
Somewhere I read where in a few years, people will be able to live to be 150 or 200 years old. How horrible that would be! Imagine out-living everybody you know and probably being a burden on the world instead of a productive citizen. We would be crowding up the world too much because of our presence. We must live, produce, then pass on to make room for the new.
In life, liking what we do is very important. At an early age (nothing is wrong with late bloomers though) decide on a plan for your life and then make it happen. Don’t live someone else’s dream. Don’t allow someone else to choose what you will do with your life. I once knew a person who asked his son, “Son, do you want to be a doctor or a lawyer? Take your choice.”
Also, have integrity in you life. The dictionary’s definition of integrity is “Moral soundness, purity, honesty, uprightness.” Integrity makes your life better and makes you worthy of being a role model because you are a role model either for good or bad. Somebody is always watching you to see what you are doing, so be worthy of the emulation.
There is one urgently important thing – have Jesus Christ in your life. He is the insurance policy we need to get to Heaven as He and He alone is the one-way ticket to Heaven and life everlasting. There is no other route. It’s a choice that a person chooses. If you care to not choose Jesus, you can just be your own boss, do life on your own and flounder around. Did you ever wonder what atheists do when they have trouble and since they don’t believe in God, they have nowhere to turn and no one to listen to their troubles or help them either. Folks without Jesus are pretty flimsy. Having Jesus is like having a partner to hold you up.
Young folks; youth is so wonderful – enjoy every day of your lives and make each day count for something good. Look in the mirror every morning and ask yourself, “Today I must do something to help others besides myself.” Move the mountains, make a difference. Just do it! Lazies don’t count. If you put off until tomorrow to make your destiny, you’re behind. If you are behind don’t allow yourself to be lazy. Get up, move on, catch up and pull ahead in the race with the sun.
The rule for each day could be - Today I will be kind, work for the night is coming, have courage, help others, have integrity.
Remember never to complain about getting older. It is a privilege that many people never have. Also, it is urgent that you take care of your health. You are what you eat. Once I heard Sophia Loren say, “I am made of spaghetti!” Now, I myself am made of whipped cream. We are what we eat so eat right, watch your vital signs, such as weight, blood pressure; don’t smoke or chew or take anything abusive into your body.
You just pass this way once so remember to make every day beautiful for others and yourself. Life is too short to waste time having ugly thoughts, much less ugly acts.
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