4 Years And Counting

It’s been a few weeks since I have written a blog. It’s good to be back. The last four months have been busy. The month of June has been busy. But God is good. I was talking to my wife about this month. So much has happened.

  1. I had the opportunity to preach at two congregations for a total of seven lessons.
  2. We just wrapped up our Vacation Bible School where I preach.
  3. My wife was in Atlanta for a week for some volunteer work.
  4. We celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary.

I’ve been busy for sure. I’m glad things are beginning to slow down. Although, beginning next week the schedule will ramp back up again. We have lots of things in the works at the congregation where I preach. But there’s one more thing I want to discuss. There’s something else that occurred this month.  Four years ago while I was working out at the gym, I experienced a blood clot in my right coronary artery.  I felt a number of weird feelings. All of my teeth began to hurt. My jaw was killing me. I suddenly felt exhausted. At first I thought I may have been experiencing a heart attack. But it ended up being a blood clot in my right coronary artery.

I’m so thankful to be alive. God is good not just some of the time but all the time. Every June, I try to slow down a bit and really think about how blessed I really am. I spoke about this event at one of the congregations where I preached earlier this month. It is a reminder that life is short for sure.

Four years and counting.

Every day must count. Every week must count. Every month must count. Every year must count. As I get older, I’m realizing how important it is to slow down and enjoy life. Sure, we all have responsibilities. There will be deadlines for us to hit. There will be meetings to attend. There will be presentations to give. But cmon, those kinds of events don’t really matter do they?

The moments that really matter are…

  1. The ones with family and friends.
  2. When you are gathered with your spiritual family worshipping God.
  3. Those private moments with your Creator as you pray to Him.
  4. When you have the opportunity to travel the world.
  5. When you are able to assist those in need.

Those are the moments that matter.

Four years and counting. Having a blood clot in my heart was a game changer. It was a wake up call. It was a great motivator for me to do even more.

What about you? Have you had a particular moment which forced you to say, “Okay stop. Where am I going? What am I going after? How much time do I really have?” Whatever that moment or experience may be, don’t waste it.  Use it to push you. Use it to make you do more. Use it to draw closer to God. Use it to help others.

Four years and counting. I’m looking forward to the rest of this year and the next.

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