**Special Guest Post by Jan Dial, a friend of mine from church, a fellow Central Illinois resident, and a newbie blogger:)**
As a hospice grief counselor, I have met some of the most amazing people! Grief strikes the young and old and is no respecter of persons. The elderly hold a very special place in my heart and my admiration and respect continues to grow…perhaps my growing older has something to do with that, eh? I have made a few observations of this courageous class of citizens. If there is one thing I have learned, it’s this…..the 'Golden Years' are not always golden. It seems that gravity exacts a severe toll on every part of our body:
- I’ve sprung my ankles,
- I’ve sprung my back,
- I’ve sprung my wrist,
- I’ve sprung my panty hose,
- and worst of all…I’ve sprung leaks.
My second observation is that the golden years are not somewhere off in the distant future, but instead they are today. Life is what happens while we are making plans. While plans are wonderful, we must not spend so much time planning for tomorrow that we forget to live life to the fullest each day.
Jesus said in John 10:10, “I have come that you might live life and life it to the full.”
Not just live life…..but live it the FULL, spilling over in abundance.
I think of the old saying, “Yesterday is a cancelled check; tomorrow is a promissory note, and today is cash….so spend it wisely."
- Where are you spending your time and energy?
- What do you want to be when you grow up?
- What is it that you have been 'meaning' to do?
- Who have you felt the need to visit?
- What class have been wanting to take?
- What relationships need to be cultivated?
Don’t keep waiting until tomorrow……ask God about His plans for you and diligently seek the Holy Spirit’s leading today. And when He begins to unveil them….don’t hesitate…..run after Him!!!! (Unless, of course, you struggle with the same leakage problem I do…and in that case….put on those Depends and then run!)
About Jan: Jan hails from her little school house in the country north of
. She is in love with her husband Roger to whom she has been married for nearly thirty years. Roger and Jan are the parents of thirty-one year old Mindy, who is studying nursing, twenty-four-year-old old Alex, an explosive specialist in Decatur, IL Afghanistan, and fifteen-year-old Ben, a freshmen at . (Note 3 children born in 3 different decades...was she nuts or what???) Jan works as a Grief Counselor for the Decatur Memorial Hospital Hospice Program in Decatur Christian School . She is passionate about Jesus, Roger, family, singing with her ‘Soul Sisters’ and coffee!!!! She also loves photography, floral design, flower/vegetable gardening, and water sports. Jan loves to swim with her seven year old twins Isaiah and Tierney and three year old Keagan. She is excited to take the plunge into blogging. Decatur
Please encourage her to get her own blog going. I think she's ready, what about you? :)