A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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A WAY FOR THE POSSIBLE

This is just a reminder that things are not always what they seem to be.  It’s meant to be a pepper-upper for ones who may feel discouraged.  Some things are enhanced, others are hidden.  Some facts come to light literally years after the person is dead and gone.  The take-away here is that no matter what things look like on the surface, they are never that simple.  People do what they do for a reason.  People say what they say for a reason and last but not least, people believe the way they believe for a reason.

How would these people’s lives and careers have been different if they had not experienced these events or wanted to change their look or ventured out in some way to try something new?  If you thought that celebrities somehow get to walk on easy street from day one – think again!  Some of these people overcame some major obstacles before they got their big break:

  • James Earl Jones had a severe stutter as a child and was silent for nearly eight years.  Aren’t we thankful he got over it?  He has one of the most distinguished and iconic voices in the world.
  • When Stephen King was 2 years old, his father went out to “buy a pack of cigarettes” and never came back.  This has influenced him tremendously.
  • Elvis Presley was a natural blonde.  The familiar black hair was dye he used from the time he got into high school.  He wanted his hair to look like the truck driver’s hair – and most of them had dark, slicked back hair.
  • Vangelis, a pioneer in electronic music, performed soundtracks for movies and won an Academy Award for the score in “Chariots of Fire”.  He can’t read music.
  • Mel Blanc, the voice of Looney Tune characters, got into a near-fatal car crash in 1961 that resulted in 3 skull fractures and a 3-week long coma.  His doctor could not get a response, so asked, “Bugs, can you hear me?”  Blanc, in the voice of Bugs Bunny, responded, “What’s Up, Doc?”
  • At 35 years of age, Harrison Ford was fitting a door for Francis Ford Coppola when a studio executive, testing actresses for a new film, asked him to help out by reading the lines written for the male lead.  The film was “Star Wars”.

It’s also a reminder – God really does have a great plan for your life.  Now, it doesn’t mean that you will be a movie star or become famous at all, but remember that you will always be God’s STAR because you belong to Him!  Wink!  😉

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WORLD CANCER DAY

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It’s WORLD CANCER DAY!!!  It’s a day to honor the lives of those who succumbed to it, but also a day to celebrate those who overcame it.  It’s a day when we will try to fly the flag of hope for the future.  Hope for better treatments, hope for more cures.

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How many cancer awareness ribbons are there?  SO many.  Here are just a few:

  • Clear, pearl or white:  Lung Cancer
  • Yellow:  Bone Cancer
  • Blue:  Colon Cancer
  • Orange:  Leukemia
  • Light Blue:  Carcinoma, Prostate Cancer
  • Lime green:  Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
  • Purple:  Testicular Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer
  • Lavender:  Cancer of all kinds
  • Pink & Blue:  Male Breast Cancer
  • Gray:  Brain Cancer
  • Black:  Melanoma
  • Pink:  Breast Cancer, Abdominal Cancer
  • Green:  Kidney Cancer
  • Teal:  Cervical Cancer, Ovarian Cancer
  • Violet:  Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Gold:  Childhood Cancer
  • Burgundy:  Oral Cancer
  • Burgundy & Ivory:  Head & Neck Cancer

Wow – so many colors…  we will call it a rainbow of hope.

I’m not a stranger to cancer.  My earliest memory of cancer was way back in the early 1970’s when my Aunt Frankie started writing letters to my mom about not feeling well.  She thought she had the flu, but tests were done and an exploratory surgery revealed that she had cancer – to quote the doctors – “everywhere”.  It was so advanced there was nothing they could do but keep her as comfortable as possible.  My cousins lost their mother when she was only in her 50’s.

In the 1970’s Aunt Mary had radiation treatments for cancer but I don’t know what kind.  I was still young enough that details were being kept from me.  Aunt Bea had breast cancer that she fought and won a couple of times.  My cousin fought thyroid cancer and will be on THRT (thyroid hormone replacement therapy) the rest of her life.  My mom’s family seemed destined to get some form of cancer.  I kept waiting for it to be my mother’s turn.  When she was 81 she was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer.  There was nothing they could do.  I feel blessed to have had her until she was 82.  I was surprised to lose my dad to cancer since he had no family history of it.  In 1988 he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and lived a few months.  He was taken by a blood clot and not by the cancer at the age of 62.

The theme for World Cancer Day 2015 is NOT BEYOND US.  A day of encouragement for everyone.

The point is, cancer is everywhere and we pray for better treatments that are not so radical.  Some folks say the treatment is worse than the disease.  The treatments do seem to get more tolerable as time goes by, but some chemo is still very rough to go through.

I keep hearing about the advancements in the testing.  Cancer is being found in earlier stages now, which makes it better to fight, which gives a person better odds of survival.  Some people survive it – I’m one of those very blessed individuals.  Ovarian cancer is quite deadly if not caught in time.  Once it spreads it is almost certainly fatal.  I don’t take one day for granted and I make the best of every day I’m given.  As I speak with other cancer survivors, I hear the same thing.  Surviving cancer gives you a brand new perspective on life.  I have a much shorter list of “bummers” than I did before.  I don’t sweat the small stuff anymore – there is no more small stuff.  Cancer is the biggest bummer of all – and God saw fit to see me through it – so nothing else matters.  Now – I live.  Living is the goal and living cancer free is the greatest blessing.  🙂

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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MAYBE IT'S TIME

 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. – Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

This passage of scripture brings up some questions in my mind. What happened to the commandment Thou shalt not kill? If there is a time to kill, does that give us permission to do so? Is that meant to be taken literally? Well, there is war in our world and that involves killing. It’s unfortunate that we are familiar with it, but there it is.

When I graduated high school in 1980, I set a goal to be on Johnny Carson’s The Tonight Show within ten years.  Through early 1990, I auditioned eight times and was turned away at each.  Only after my ninth turn – two months before my tenth high school reunion – did I appear on Carson for the first time.  During those years, Jim McCawley, Carson’s talent booker, kept saying something that was incredibly frustrating, but which I later would fully appreciate:  “When performing for Johnny Carson, it’s better to be five years late than one day early.”  It’s not being at the right place at the right time, but rather about being prepared when the time arrives.  – Jeff Dunham

Yes, it’s important to be prepared for all things, but the point of this passage is that God has everything in His control. I happen to be a person who believes that if it is your “TIME” to die, it doesn’t matter whether you are wrapped snuggly in your bed or flying around in the clouds in an airplane. If God wants to call you home, He will.

God’s timing is not our timing – not even close. Whether we understand God’s perfect timing or not, we have to trust that He knows what is best for us in the long run. He sees down the road and we don’t see past our noses.

There are things we can do while trying to understand God’s timing. When was the last time you took your favorite person out on a date? It doesn’t have to be anything expensive, just a little quality time. These things make our Lord smile. He likes marriage – it was His idea. Go out and enjoy LIFE with someone you love today.

MERRY CHRISTMAS

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The timing could not be better! It’s the first day of Winter and it is snowing! Wichita has its first white Christmas in a very long time.  Sure looks like a mess according to that video, huh?  Will I be driving in it – um…  nope.

 Winter bites with its teeth or lashes with its tail.  – Montenegrin Proverb

I’m not going to admit that I prayed for it. No, I won’t cop to it – but neither will I deny it. I plea the 5th on the subject.

That’s in St. George, KS, which is about 140 miles NW of Wichita.

When I heard ice pellets falling onto our roof and saw the roads begin to get slick, I wondered if praying for snow was such a good idea, for you see I don’t mind the snow – it’s the ice I could really live without.

Nature has many scenes to exhibit, and constantly draws a curtain over this part or that. She is constantly repainting the landscape and all surfaces, dressing up some scene for our entertainment. Lately we had a leafy wilderness; now bare twigs begin to prevail, and soon she will surprise us with a mantle of snow. Some green she thinks so good for our eyes that, like blue, she never banishes it entirely from our eyes, but has created evergreens.  – Henry David Thoreau, Nov. 8, 1858

Isn’t this a gorgeous view from the sky???  This is in Oklahoma, just north of Tulsa.  Ice storms are so pretty as long as I don’t have to be out in them.

The fun part of snow is watching the neighborhood kids playing in it – building snowmen and having snowball fights. It keeps older people young to watch a good old-fashioned snowball fight. Sometimes I’d like to go out and join them, but I’m just sure I would be taken away to the funny farm if I got caught out there.

Christmas is just four days away and they tell us it will not get warm enough to melt the snow by then. Well, if we’re going to have snow on the first day of winter, it may as well stick around for Christmas day, don’t you think?   😉