How important are you?

A man’s importance is best measured by the time he makes to help others. 

So how important are you and I in the grand scheme of things?

Will anyone miss us when we are gone?
The great news is that it is not to late to change our story. 

Today, we can make time to actively listen to those who are hurting. 

Today, we can smile and laugh with someone.

Today, we can spend time with a child and express hope in their future. 

Today, we can express love to those who are important to us. 

God is never late

God is never late,  but sometimes I feel like He is in a different time zone. timer

The problem is that I think I know when God needs to arrive to resolve my problems.

The reality is that God knows my problems better than I do.

He is not surprised, overwhelmed or unprepared for them.

But I am.

Perhaps, He delays his arrival until I am eagerly and attentively seeking him.

Maybe that was the whole point of the process- to cause me to look to him?

If it is,  it works.

5 Myths about hospital visitation

1. Only sick people go to the hospital.

But doctors, nurses and medical technicians are there daily.So are the cafeteria, parking and cleaning staff. Everyday, the number of healthy people at a hospital outnumber those that are treated or admitted.

2. I will get sick if I visit a hospital.

But the odds of us getting sick are actually higher in the confined space of our work cubicles.Yet, we still go to work everyday.

3. It takes a professional or specific training to make a visit to a hospital.

All it takes to visit a hospital is intentionality and availability. You come not out of duty or compulsion but because you wanted to. For these reasons your visit is highly valued by the recipient.

4. It is expensive and time consuming to make a visit to a hospital.

It will cost you the same amount of gas or parking as the mall. Most visits can be done in about 30 minutes.

5. It doesn’t matter if I do it because someone else will.

Everyone knows someone who talks about how no one visited them when they were in the hospital. You can author a different story that has a lasting impact.

Breathe

At Work I have 5 assignments due at the same time – yesterday.

I need to stop and take a deep breath.

Inhale.

I need to thank God for:
another day to live,
My health,
His daily provision,
and the people I will interact with today.

I need to ask Him for:
vision to see the world as He sees it,
compassion that would lead to action, wisdom to know what he wants me to do,
and faith that God can use me to accomplish His purposes.

Exhale.

Move.

Repeat as often as necessary.

Core truths about the Bible

1. God wrote the Bible using humans and there personalities to deliver the message.

2. God wrote the Bible and he is a big enough God to protect the message from corruption.

3. God wrote the Bible so that you could understand it. No mysterious codes. It is a straight forward easily understood message.

4. God wrote to the people in the culture they lived in. It is important to consider the context when reading.

5. God repeats ideas and concepts to stress their importance to us.

6. The Bible is about real people with real problems and real personalities.

7. Unity of the Old and New Testament should be emphasized. It is one book with one central message.

Thoughts on visiting Hospitals

There is a  difference between visiting a hospital and a funeral home. 

The first is for the living and the latter is for the dead. 

Unfortunately,  most people bring the same somber demeanor to both places.
People  need to be have hope.  To be reminded that the season will probably  pass. 

Yes.  I know there are exceptions.  Sometimes people get bad news and even die.

But the vast majority of people leave in a better condition than they entered. 

Your thoughtful presence is a powerful reminder that their continued presence on planet Earth is needed and appreciated by someone. 

By making a brief but intentional visit you are assisting in the healing process. 

You are reminding them that they are not alone.