Need Peace in Your Life? Come to Christ!
“Come to me, all you who are struggling hard and carrying heavy loads and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28
His 'valuable' present, the 'priceless' gift He offers?
'Eternal Salvation, Forgiveness, Peace, Light, and Life'
The name on the tag?
'To:' ('Your Name')
'From:' Jesus Christ - Son of God
A Story of 'Unexpected' Friendship and the 'Heart of Christmas'
Though we 'both agree' - "We more than likely broke the camera!"
I am both 'proud' and 'grateful' to have such a friendship and mentor!
It's all a 'state of mind' and 'acceptance' that 'everyone' was 'created equal!'
A Tribute to My Good Friend...PLUS..."Ferguson Rioters take note - nothing is impossible!": “I’ve been in a wheel chair almost all of my natural life – and don’t really know what it’d be like – so I’m content with what is and I make the most of it! When I think about it, I’m 'luckier' than a lot of people who 'have' the ability. You learn to 'adapt' and 'be grateful' for what you CAN do at this moment in time because it can change in a New York heartbeat! It’s all a ‘state of mind’ and you have to make it happen!”
[TO THE RIOTERS IN ‘FURGUSON’: “I’m a ‘63’ year old ‘white’ male and my friend Chris here is a ‘50’ year old ‘black’ male – both from the ‘South’ where ‘color’ ‘issues’ originated. My good friend Chris (above) and I both agree – “It’s a ‘state of mind!” – You’re only as happy as you make up your mind to be! People of all races, colors (if there is such a thing), and cultures CAN get along 'IF' you’re ‘willing’ to ‘make the effort’ – be willing to 'accept', 'forgive', and 'forget'…and work toward 'peace' and a 'common goal' – bottom line!]
Meet my good friend Chris…'MY' motivational ‘mentor!’ Chris came rolling in my 'former' dance club one night – the ‘Double Door Inn at the Lake’ – about 2002 with a few friends. 'Being the only three 'blacks' in the whole club which made ‘no difference’ to anyone there...I got down on a knee, smiled and told him not to be taking ‘ALL’ the women on the dance floor…to save me one at least! He simply looked up and smiled and replied, “Then you better hurry!” Thus, a friendship began. Being a Chapel Hill graduate, he’s not only smart – and even with his disease, ‘MS’, - he’s incredibly 'driven', inspirational, and the most ‘positive’ person I know both ‘mentally’ and ‘spiritually’. After several years, we did not realize it but we also attended the same big church.
With and incredible 'PMA' (positive mental attitude) and his big wide smile - the first words out of his mouth are always the familiar sound, “John B! What’s up! What can I do for ‘YOU’ my friend?” In 'all' the years of friendship, I have ‘never’ heard one ‘negative’ statement come out of his mouth. Just an incredible attitude! He tutor’s students for income – that along with working his 'MLM' ‘health’ products line. Not even having the ability to hold anything in his hands, he’s ‘totally’ dependent on others to help him eat, bath, etc. I was fortunate enough to meet 'grandmother' one day who helps take care of him…(but here’s the twist)…she’s a 4’ 5” ‘ball of fire’…’still’ gardens for short periods…and she ‘just celebrated’ her 108th…yes, you heard right… [108th BIRTHDAY] yesterday, the 19th of December. I gave her a 'BD' card and a small plaque saying, “Young at heart – a little old with the parts!”
Though his ‘limitations’ require someone to drive him around when he goes out shopping or to an event with friends - his ‘whole world’ has been spent in a two-bedroom home with one television (loves the Panthers) and a computer to help others with tutoring. Yesterday he was helping a bright young man who wants to pass the test to be a military officer candidate. He even managed to give me a great music CD ‘mix’ for Christmas that I treasure simply because he put in a lot of thought and energy into it and because we share the same taste in music.
The point of all this? The next time you have a ‘pity’ party like I have done so many times…and think you’re having a bad day…take a moment and think about Chris as a role model and ‘living life’ and ‘making do’ with the 'circumstances' you’re given in this life. We can come and go as we please; have a car to go places; feed and bathe ourselves; play sports; play musical instruments; have a significant other; and the list goes on. We have the ‘ability’ to do ‘so many things’ without physical limitation issues holding us back. I constantly tell my wife that we are so blessed by God in this life in so many ways. We ‘take for granted’ what so many others can’t nor 'have'. He's ‘shuns pity’ and states he's more blessed than the average person! Incredible!
I asked him once if he ever gets down or depressed because he is so limited. His response, “I’ve been in a wheel chair most of my natural life – and don’t really know what it’d be like – so I’m ‘content with what is' and I 'make the most of what I am able to do on my own!' When I think about it, I’m luckier than a lot of people who 'have' the ability. You learn to 'adapt within' and be 'grateful' for what you 'CAN do' at this moment in time because it can change in a New York heartbeat! It’s all a ‘state of mind’ and you have to 'make' it happen!”
What is Love?
"Love is Patient - Love is Kind"
“Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not want what belongs to others. It does not brag. It is not proud. It is not rude. It does not look out for its own interests. It does not easily become angry.
It does not keep track of other people’s wrongs. Love is not happy with evil. But it is full of joy when the truth is spoken. It always protects. It always trusts. It always hopes. It never gives up.” (From 1 Corinthians 13:4-7)
With that said...Let's not forget the elderly 'who are alone with no family this Christmas'...or the 'wounded soldiers'...even 'those' who've been 'forgotten!'
They deserve 'acknowledgment!' They deserve the 'Gift of Christmas' as well!
'Because I Love You!'
(My favorite quote)
"I picked up a man from the street, and he was eaten up alive from worms.
Nobody could stand him, and he was smelling so badly.
I went to him to clean him, and he asked, 'Why do you do this?'
I said, 'Because I love you.' " - Mother Teresa
From my beautiful wife and myself...to you,
Have a 'Beautiful Christmas!'
Watch-out for 'Santa Claus'...
He's heading your way!
(Well...his 'helper' is anyway...but who wants acorns?)