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Have a little faith…..

I had the most intense conversation with someone who walked through the doors into our office today. As he walked in, I could tell he was not happy. With eyes of despair and the look of sadness, he walks up to the desk .I say with excitement and a huge smile on my face as always, “Hey there! How are you today????

The gentleman angrily says…” I’m just bitter today but I need to pay for my homeowners association dues.”  I said…I’m sorry.. ok…He then went on to explain to me how messed up our country was and how nothing is going right in this world. With that, I look at him and say, “I know, I’m just extremely happy to even be alive.”  He immediately says, I think the alternative would be better. I’d rather be dead and not have to worry about life.”

As soon as he said that I knew the conversation was getting a little bit more serious.  I went on to again say something about how I am glad that I have today and that I have my family and friends in my life.  He asked me a couple more questions angrily about my job, and why was I working at a property management company if I had a bachelor’s degree. I went on to telling him that I was extremely thankful for my job because a lot of people do not have jobs.

Then… he said it once more, “Well…. I’d rather be dead and not have to worry about life.”  I looked at him deeply in his eyes and said. “You dying would affect many more people other than just yourself.”

He looked at me and asked me how I do it every day…. He asked how I get through day to day if I am having a hard time.  I told him these exact words. I have faith that things will get better and I have faith in God.

Just a Thought….

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, I get an e-mail from Sid Batts, the senior pastor from First Presbyterian Church here in Greensboro. He usually sends insightful stories that get you to reflecting on your life and get you to thinking. I look forward to receiving these in my inbox. Sometimes I go back and look at old ones. Just so happens that one of my favorite entries was written on my birthday of last year and here’s what it said:

Nov. 10, 2010 — A six-word life

An online magazine invited its readers to write their life stories. The catch was they had to do it in six words. 

It’s amazing how insightful or funny six words can be.  Listen to some of these “life stories.”

  • Followed rules, not dreams. Never again.
  • Made a mess. Cleaned it up.
  • Clawed my way out ofTennessee.
  • Seventy years, few tears, hairy ears.
  • It got better after middle age.

So, if we tried to write our life story in six words, what would we write? 

How about six words that reflect our spiritual life, such as, “I was loved and I loved.”

I have been thinking….When I get older, how do I want to sum up my life? If I were to die tomorrow, I think I’d sum it up by “I still need more time here”. I don’t want to wake up 60 years from now thinking the same thing… I have a lot more living to do.  I want my life story to be, “Lived a lot. Loved a lot”

P.S.- If you’d like to subscribe to Sid Batt’s, “Just a thought”, go to http://www.fpcgreensboro.org/justathought/subscribe.html

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