Saturday, February 07, 2009

The Game of Life...

Hey guys,
First off, a special thanks to Joann out there in California who was kind enough to have folks come visit me in my little corner of the world. Thanks Joann, I appreciate that my friend. I guess I've been thinking lately about how precious life really is. I mean, in the last 6 weeks, I've seen several folks that I knew pass away and it did kind of get my mind in a bit of a pickle. I am a firm believer that if you accept Christ, you are saved. I believe 100 percent that heaven exists and that only through His grace, can we enter. I guess that's why I have had some thoughts about death on my mind. Not in a morbid way or anything. I firmly believe that they are in heaven now. I guess it's just that when people leave you unexpectedly, you're not prepared and are left feeling bewildered, shocked, dumbfounded, and then later, a little bit po'd. That's normal stuff to go through as we process those feelings. Me, I have found some comfort in the fact that I believe what I believe. It's been comforting for me in believing that they are now in a much better place, not suffering anymore. And that they're not just "resting in peace", but that they are enjoying themselves in paradise. I look at those folks and am grateful for the time I had with them. And it makes me appreciate the time I have here on earth now. Especially with my sisters. I don't see them that often, but I know that with everything I've seen them go through with Lou losing both her legs and on dialysis, and Terri still dealing with the ravages of cancer, yet both of them are still able to live life. Terri is still getting chemo every 3 weeks non-stop for the foreseeable future. While the tumors have metastisized in four spots, the constant chemo has prevented them from spreading. They've not worsened. So that's a good thing, even though she is wiped out by the chemo every 3 weeks. Me, as I size up the situations that are around me and have realized something. I've seen others who have suffered much worse than I have. They have had much worse happen to them and some have endured, and others have not. Sometimes, when there's nothing to celebrate or if you feel like there's nothing to be grateful for, (and I've felt that way many times) it might have to be that there are others who have suffered far greater and I can't complain. I mean think about it Mik old son... You're a person of faith. You've got a roof over your head. You've got 3 jobs. You are in decent health for the most part. You've still got a couple members of your family who by all logic, should have been gone long ago. You've got a gal pal who loves you every bit as much as you love her. There are others who would give anything to be in the situation you are in... Sorry for the a.d.d. moment there. But sometimes one has to look back (or in my case, have it pointed out to me) and see just exactly what I have versus what I don't. It didn't seem like much before. But now, I've really grown to value and treasure life and the people in it... Much more than I used to...

10 comments:

Lynne said...

It has been a rough start to a year for my family, just losing my grandmother and mother-in-law. However, like you - I am a believer and I know without a doubt that someday we'll be together again in heaven. Glad we found you again Mik, you are a blessing! God Bless!

Indigo said...

I thought I was following you but somehow I'm not. I'm sorry hon. I knew I was missing you.

As for your outlook in life, it's humbling. So many could learn from your outlook of humility. There will always be someone who has it worse. I need to remember that more often. (Hugs)Indigo

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

You are blessed :o)

ADB said...

There are always moments when you have to stop and think, and draw up a balance. Those that are gone will not come back, and you are totally right to focus more on those you still have.

madcobug said...

It's a good thing that we count our blessings sometimes. Glad that your sisters are holding their own. May your life continue to be blessed. Helen

Joann said...

You're such a neat person, I didn't want anyone missing out on your postings. I think you have your priorities straight, sometimes we all forget to be thankful for what and WHO we have in our lives. I'm sorry for all the losses you've suffered recently, I know that can be hard... we faced that in 2005, it seemed non-stop for awhile. Keeping you in prayer, my friend!! So glad you have faith, that helps so much!!

Carolyn said...

Dang Mik- I'd say you're doing great if you have 3 jobs!! :-) Sorry. I do the same thing. WHen I get to be in a mood, I think about others. I still need to have reminders every now and then, but as we grow in the Lord- He does help us to think of others. Do you notice how when you want to have a pity party, He'll lay a person or few onyour mind right about then?! God Bless you Mik. You and your family have been throug a lot more than many of us- and your strength encourages a lot of folks. I still pray for your dear sisters every day. God Bless y'all.

FrankandMary said...

Reading you helps me work on taking down some internal walls. Thanks;-0. All your appreciation makes me appreciate that much more.
~Mary

Heli gunner Tom said...

I like your Blog as it has the ring of truth and Freedom in it.
I write a conservative, Christian based Journal that also seeks to help other disabled Veterans deal with the corrupt Gov't and VA system. I hope that you will make the time to visit me. I expect that "Big Brother" will soon out law conservative/ Christian URL's, Journals, Blogs. Beware.

Warm Regards,
Tom S
tschuckman@aol.com
Disabled Vietnam Veteran: 68-70

Riccie said...

Amen and Amen. 2009 has not been the kindest year for me. I keep hoping it will get better...and here I find myself in October, sitting in my own comfortable little apartment with my flatscreen and my laptop and my chihuahua AND my physical and emotional health in shambles. I CAN say I am a child of God, He does have a plan for me, yet for the life of me I cannot see it. I have found a precious new group of friends who give me much needed emotional and physical support. There isn't enough blog space out there for me to write out everything that has happened...so I sorta dropped out of cyberspace for a while. For some reason I was feeling good enough tonight to pop open my laptop and see if any of my old friends were still around. I'm not whining on this post; I mean, it's not meant to come across as whining. Actually, reading what you wrote is something I have been conciously trying to do as of late and failing. Life changes, physical changes, emotional changes, all this massive mix we call life is something I have trouble getting a handle on sometimes. But I do hang on to one thing: I am a precious child of God. My faith remains as strong as ever; every morning I turn my life over to Him then do the best I can. Things will work out. He will see to it. He always does.