Be the best you, you can be.
Be the best you, you can be.
I was at the doctor’s office. There was a woman with her young son sitting across from me in the waiting room. The poor little fellow was not happy and he made sure everyone knew about his distress. That got me thinking.
As adults, we often hide our pain and our true emotions. We say we are fine, even if we are in great distress. We are often afraid to ask for help, because we might appear to be week or needy. We will suffer in silence, instead of asking for help.
However when children are hurting, physically or emotionally, they will seek out help. Children will immediately look for the people that love them and express their discomfort. Children are honest about their feelings and I admire them for that.
Yesterday, we went to the Exotic Pet Fair in Huntsville, Alabama. We saw all sorts of animals: pigs, birds, hamsters, genie pigs, monkeys, lizards, rabbits, squirrels, frogs, and snakes.
I know it sounds strange to most people, but I have no fear of snakes. I kept asking the venders to let me hold the snakes, so I could get a close up view of them. They are actually kind of cool.
Bravery is not the absence of fear. Bravery is acting in spite of fear.
I decided to go off roading this week and my mom was riding in the Jeep with me. We went down an old dirt road that was full of large holes.
I was just about to compliment my mom for not getting nervous and for handling the situation so well. However, at that moment we hit a large hole in the road and the Jeep tilted right a good bit. My mom immediately cried out, “I think I’m going to have a heart attack!”
I started laughing and told her I was just about to say how good you were doing on this trip. Oh well, maybe next time.
Last week, was a bit of an emotional roller coster for me. It all started Friday morning, my mom was struggling to breath. She was sitting in a chair and literally gasping for air.
I drove Mom to the ER and I was terrified that she might not make it. I didn’t know what was wrong with her, but I knew she was in trouble.
We walked into the hospital and she was immediately taken to a room. A team of nurses came in the room and started working. They were asking questions, getting an IV started, hooking up an EKG machine, checking her blood pressure, and monitoring her oxygen levels. Also, blood tests and an x-ray of her chest were performed in rapid succession.
The doctor came into the room and said Mom had fluid in her lungs, which caused her COPD to be exacerbated. Mom was admitted to the hospital and given antibiotics, oxygen, steroids, diuretics, blood thinners, and a nebulizer.
The treatment regimen was successful and Mom’s breathing started to improve. She is scheduled to come home today. We are all excited to have her back, especially her little dog named Norton.
King Herod discovered the wise men had tricked him by not returning with the information he requested. Herod was furious, so he had every male child (two years or younger) in Bethlehem killed.
This was a fulfillment of Jeremiah’s prophecy, “A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.” (ESV)
King Herod refused to study the scriptures and lived according to his own evil desires. However, a part of him must have feared the scriptures were true. Why else would he put so much effort into killing a baby?
After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in Egypt. The angle told Joseph, “Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the child’s life are dead.” (ESV)
Joseph took his family to Israel, but he was still afraid. Archelaus, the son of Herod, was now the king in Judea. Joseph had a dream and he was told to go to the district of Galilee.
Joseph and his family moved to Nazareth and this was also a fulfillment of prophecy. Jesus Christ was to be called a Nazarene.