Sunday, May 1, 2011

When I Grow Up, I Want to Be....

**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.
Leaking may occur at the slightest provocation….a giggle, a guffaw, a cough, a sneeze or even stepping off a curb. Is this a problem, you might ask? Some say no…I say, it 'Depends!' Back to gravity….I’ve decided if we (ladies) stood on our heads (or hung upside down) for a period of time each day, it might be possible to reverse the ill effects of gravity on our face, breasts, uterus, and in my case, knees. Work with me ladies, this could be huge.

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… 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 Decatur, IL.   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 Afghanistan, and fifteen-year-old Ben, a freshmen at Decatur Christian School.  (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.   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.   

Please encourage her to get her own blog going.  I think she's ready, what about you?  :)


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  2. I'll try this again - without the typos ;)
    Welcome to the world of blogging, Jan. You definitely have a special gift - for writing and for encouraging. Wishing you every success and fulfullment as you share through writing. Love your post ... you know your audience well :)

    Thank you for sharing her with us, Laury.

    God Bless you both.

  3. Everything Nancy said--which was beautifully typo-free.

    Excellent message and the exact one I needed today. Thanks, Jan. And I think you are on to something with your anti-gravity solution!

  4. Just beautiful, Jan! Great message - and I'll be checking out your blog VERY soon!

  5. Hope we see more of your articles! Enjoyed this one!!

  6. Thanks, Jan! Beautiful message. Yes! Please get your own blog going! Your writing gift shines bright!

    Thanks, Laury!

  7. I vote for you to blog. That was very thought-provoking and wonderful. It triggered a thought for me to write about on my blog.

  8. Please note: I am now Joy Bach. All these weeks mine has said Life Moments and everyone else had their name there. Patty had to help me know how to fix it. I'm anonymous no longer.

  9. Yay Joy! Hi JOY:) I got to talk to Jan today and get a hug. She is a wonderful person. Wish you all could meet her. She wasn't feeling up to par. I hope she can get on to see all your comments, though.

    Thanks for cheering her on. You all are the best, indeed:)

  10. Jan, your humor was purely refreshing, and I vote "Yes" on creating a blog of your own!!
    It's so nice to meet you :)

  11. Oh man! Standing on our heads?? Unfortunately that would put my boobs in my FACE.

    But seriously, Sister...get to blogging. you got it in you and it is just leaking onto other people's blogs. Time to let it gush.


  12. Along with all the others, I think you're ready to blog. This piece sounded like it came from an experienced blogger, and I want to commend you on the difficult work that is yours to do. You fulfill a very important mission.



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