I’m getting hungry, I thought.
Nope, that’s not it. Maybe indigestion. I think I’ll go lay down.
Nope, that’s not it.
Laying on side, back, stomach — nothing mattered. The pain increased.
Wife walks in. Are you okay?
Yeah, but I think I might get a couple aspirin.
You’re kinda pale.
No, I’m fine. Just need an aspirin.
45 minutes later, I was at the ER, going to the front of the triage line.
For the shocker of the week, guys aren’t too smart when it comes to pain. Rub some dirt on it isn’t just a slogan, it’s a way of life, or as my friend says, “those are just recommendations.”
Both times I’ve broken bones, I didn’t really think they were broken. Just give me a couple aspirin. I’ll be fine. The last time I didn’t even need aspirin, just ice it a bit so I can be ready for the Taekwondo tournament in two days.
Seriously. That’s what I thought, even after seeing the x-ray.
I’m no doctor to be sure, so don’t take anything I say as medical advice. You’ll live longer.
In fact, the only reason I went to the doctor was to prove I was fine. Yeah, right. 8 weeks later and I’m back typing again (on the bright side, I’ve learned to write left-handed, and can tie my shoes again).
Peggy and I are blessed in we can make one phone call, and within minutes we’d have more people at our house than we could count.
Sadly, I don’t always make that phone call. Stubborn I am, yessss. Handle it I can, I think.
Your Assignment, If You Choose to Accept It (and you should)
You’re in one of two situations right now:
- You’re in a trial.
- You’re not in a trial.
If you’re in group #2, prepare to be in group #1, because it’s going to happen.
Group #1 — You’re in the Fire
If you’re in a trial now, learn from Nehemiah as the Jews rebuilt the wall of Jerusalem. Not surprisingly, they encountered opposition.
Did they quit? Give in? Yield? I’m sure they wanted to, but Nehemiah had a better idea.
All the builders had a sword belted to their side. The trumpeter stayed with me to sound the alarm. Then I explained to the nobles and officials and all the people, “The work is very spread out, and we are widely separated from each other along the wall. When you hear the blast of the trumpet, rush to wherever it is sounding. Then our God will fight for us!” (Nehemiah 4:18–20 NLT)
Yep, the church can be spread out, so blow the stinking trumpet and allow others to rally around.
Don’t go solo. Divide and conquer will always be a productive military strategy. The spiritual arena differs not.
I heard a friend say recently they thought of calling, but didn’t. That must not be. If you have real friends, they don’t mind being called at 3AM. Really.
Naturally, I don’t recommend it unless it’s really important, but when the manure smacks the rotating air mover, it ain’t no time for timidity.
Group #1 people have a simple task — blow the stinking trumpet. That’s it.
Yet that may be the hardest thing you’ve ever done. Humans are naturally averse to asking for help.
Just do it.
Group #2 — Life is Good
Your mission is simple — find someone in group #1, and provide assistance. They may (or may not) blow the trumpet.
Christians fondly say, “Gee, life is bad, well, we’ll pray for you”. Prayer is good for sure, but sometimes more is required. Don’t be a slacker.
Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well” — but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do? So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless. (James 2 NLT)
To paraphrase James: Get thee off thy gluteus maximus (butt) and get in the game.
Pay it forward; sooner or later you’ll be in group #1.
Christianity remains a full-contact activity, and it’s time to get in the game. You’re never too old, too young, too thin, too fat.
If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?” (Esther 4 NLT)
The huge tragedy? Throughout history, people fail to engage, either from laziness, or (gasp!) because it takes effort.
So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one. (Ezekiel 22:30 NKJV)
Get in the game.
That’s it for this week. Your assignment over the next 7 days is to perform whichever task is appropriate for whatever group you currently find yourself in.