Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind
I wanted to startthis letter from the editorwith something funny about my son, or the growing pains of being a first time parent. I feel the need, however, to shift to a little more serious note.
As many of you know, most of my family are deceased, so when I moved into my neighborhood several years ago I met a family I now call mine. In fact, there are four of us neighbors who are extremely close, to the point where we can walk one another’s homes without knocking.
In August, one of my neighbors received news that shocked her world, and ours.
Jennifer has three sons. Her middle son Tyler is 17andwas diagnosed with a brain tumor, stage 4. He needed surgery to remove the tumor, but not all of it could be removed. We were shocked by the news. Being a parent, I couldn’t fathom the pain and uncertaintyJennifer was feeling. It stopped me dead in my tracks. What if this happens to me, to my child? I began to wonder why this washappening to a good family. Why do bad things happen? Why does God allow bad things to happen? Why do you have bad years of failed crops,bad years of showing, and bad years of less than desirable cattle? Why do you lose your job? The Whys are endless, and the question remains - why does God allow bad things to happen?
I don’t know; we don’t know. It’s not our job to understand. It is our job to remain faithful. When something bad happens, it can force us to dig deep and find our true selves. It allows us to draw closer to our higher being. When bad things happen, I think we are shaken and we start to look at life from a different perspective. Maybe it helps to see that life is precious.
Everyday we get so caught up with getting the kids to school, getting to work on time, paying the bills and making dinner that we tend to forget life. Just life. Take time to stop. Enjoy your children because they won’t be here forever. Enjoy the humid mornings andthe late nights of work. Enjoy every breath- they are limited.
It’s inevitablethat bad things will happen, but take life for what it is. Ask God to show you the importance of life and thank Him for what you have. Don’t focus on what you don’t have, or what you could have, or how things would be better if you were in a different position. You are where you are meant to be this time in life for a reason. Enjoy every breath you have, because there are people in this world who would love to have the chance to run the kids to school but can’t conceive. There are people who would love to wake up super early for work, but they can’t find a job. So take a second, step back, and enjoy the day, better yet – seize the day.
It is never our job to question why things happen, but to embrace them.
I am proud to see my friend Jennifer stand firm and enjoy everyday, even when she is crying on the inside for her son. I am proud of all the people who have stepped up to help a family in need. Tyler, is fighting for his life and getting better every day; he believes God will cure him.
In closing, I implore you – I beg of you - enjoy the life you have been given because there are people in this world who are fighting for theirs.