Think life is tough? How will you get through tomorrow? All everything high school football player…all everything Division I football player…special teams standout in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints…NOW, Steve Gleason being fed through an abdominal feeding tube and bound to a chair the remainder of his life because of ALS, takes his family on a trip. Don’t ever stop and let this man’s life inspire you!
Everywhere I look, I find people fighting for (or against) something. A big fight in Michigan is with the union and the recent passage of law making our state a “right to work” state. Gay marriage is the big fight in Seattle who just made gay marriage legal. The right to bear guns is another fight that is a “hot button” in many states. The NFL is dealing with the recent murder/suicide by one of their players and his girlfriend. Another development just yesterday was the death of an NFL player who was killed while riding in a car (driven by another NFL player) while alcohol had been involved…and some are fighting to hold the NFL responsible. I was just in PT (physical therapy) this morning and next to me was a recent US Marine who was rehabbing injuries sustained while fighting for our country in Afganistan. No simple injuries, but shrapnel in his brain, loss of his left eye, and other multiple injuries throughout his body. He said, “I would go and do it all over again to support my country!” We are now heading towards a “fiscal cliff” (as the news media puts it) and the Democrats and Republicans can’t get along with one another or agree on most anything. Seems as though each party is always fighting with the other! But still, we all fight for what we believe in! Take a look at the attached pictures…look CLOSELY into their eyes. They are also fighting…for a clean drink of water! We are so busy with our own fight (and some are important ones) while we miss those near us (or far away in Guatemala). Let’s not get so busy with our own fight that we miss the opportunity to help others. Maybe taking our attention off some of these things could help us to love others differently…then maybe there would be no fightleft in us (or at least the need to win)? Don’t get so “hung up” in your fight that you forget the good word that teaches us to love. During her life, there were “fights” all around her, but she continued (until her death) to love those less fortunate. She lived in squaller while she single handedly raised more money to fight poverty than any one person in history. Mother Teresa fought the good fight! What are you fighting for?
Want to win your fight? Go give your life away and you’ll forget what you were fighting about!
Some months ago I learned my middle daughter (Alyssa) would be having a baby. Although excitement quickly filled our hearts, things just seemed so difficult for me as I had always imagined a very different senario for her (and me). Things would be “tidy” and everything in her life would naturally lead to this moment. But there were so many other things that would need to take place FIRST! Graduating college, establishing a career, a long term relationship, and the list goes on. But sometimes, our plans (for our adult children) are interrupted. Yesterday morning my plans for my daughter changed drastically when she gave birth to my first grandchild, Tanner Elliot. This “disruption” (of plans) has suddenly changed all our lives (for the better) as I laid eyes of an amazing creation that God has so very much blessed us with! Be careful of your plans…they change! But when God is in it, who can be against it? Tanner has been in this world just a bit over 24 hours and he has already helped me to “not hold to tightly to my plans,” as His plans will always be better!