I sent a message, via Twitter and Facebook, of what happened, and over the last three days, close to over 100 people have responded to pictures and updates. If over 100 people responded, it makes me wonder how many other people have viewed and prayed but simply never commented.
Takeaway = never underestimate the power of what you / we / I put out on social media. People are reading.
Takeaway = I believe personal evangelism / invitations to church work best within the context of a relationship, but I will throw out opportunities and invitations to the “masses” via social media…scattering seed.
2. Never take family for granted.
I love my wife and my kids. I love hanging out with them. We get along really well (most of the time). BUT, when people I love suffer, not only do I suffer with them, it reminds me to take advantage of every minute…a simple car ride to practice to talk about something significant rather than tuning into my favorite “oldies” station. I don’t think anyone means to take family and friends for granted, but when health is threatened, we do see things in a new light.
Takeaway = be disciplined to invest in people (especially family) more than stuff.
3. Perspective changes a lot…Christ changes everything.
Just about the time it’s easy to start feeling “sorry” for oneself, if I choose to think of others who are in far tougher situations than I…and if I choose to think about how God has been / is / and promises to be…gracious, all sufficient and faithful in the future unto me and my family, it really does change how I view the current situation.
Takeaway = I don’t want to just count my blessings when life is a struggle; I’d love to develop the pattern all the time.
Takeaway = I don’t want to be “thinking of and praying for” others who are in tough times only when I am, just to encourage myself…I want to develop a better pattern of care for others all the time.
4. Pain gets our attention quicker than prosperity.
I don’t like pain so I try to avoid it when possible. I do realize though, some pain is needed for growth to occur and sometimes pain is needed for healing to occur.
Takeaway = when in pain, I will ask, “Am I causing this…what might the Lord be trying to teach me in the midst of it…even when he isn’t the author of it?”
5. Often times, physical wounds will heal faster than other kinds…relational, mental, etc…
Healing the nose is one phase...fielding our first ground ball when some we return to baseball will be another "Big Day."