“Don’t become preoccupied with your child’s academic ability, but instead teach them to sit with those sitting alone. Teach them to be kind. Teach them to offer help. Teach them to be a friend to the lonely. Teach them to encourage others. Teach them to think about other people. Teach them to share. Teach them to look for the good. This is how they will change the world.”
Read this quote on FB the other day, and it reminds me so much of how Ryan is. The thing about Ryan is he didn’t need to be taught any of these things. It was part of his DNA; his nature…especially the parts about being a friend to the lonely and sitting with those sitting alone…
Truth be told, Ryan’s been teaching me these things…
Mark 12:30-31 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.
This is Ryan’s Grandma Susan giving him his physical therapy treatment. He is so loved by his grandparents who come several times during the week to keep him limber. Notice how relaxed he is. Again, nothing phases him. That is, except when his buddy Kal does his therapy. Kal doesn’t hold anything back and works Ryan extremely hard. I guess that’s what young guys do…
Anyway, we’re so thankful that Ryan has such wonderful people in his life who volunteer their time to help him along his journey…
Ryan had a doctor’s appointment today to make sure he’s good to go for his surgery at the end of the month to remove the kidney stone that’s in him. He wasn’t interested in the slightest…
While at Kaiser, I saw a poor old lady fall over on the sidewalk! At least I presume she was poor – she only had $1.20 in her purse.
KEEP YOUR FORK
There was a Christian lady who was diagnosed with a terminal illness and had been given three months to live. So as she was getting her things “in order,” she contacted her pastor and had him come to her house to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes. She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, what scriptures she would like read, and what outfit she wanted to be buried in. The woman also requested to be buried with her favorite Bible. Everything was in order and the pastor was preparing to leave when the woman suddenly remembered something very important to her.
“There’s one more thing,” she said excitedly.
“What’s that?” came the pastor’s reply.
“This is very important,” the woman continued. “I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand.”
The pastor stood looking at the woman, not knowing quite what to say. “That surprises you, doesn’t it?”, the woman asked.
“Well, to be honest, I’m puzzled by the request,” said the pastor.
The woman explained, “In all my years of attending church socials and potluck dinners, I always remember that when the dishes of the main courses were being cleared, someone would inevitably lean over and say, “Keep your fork.” It was my favorite part because I knew that something better was coming…like velvety chocolate cake or deep-dish apple pie. Something wonderful, and with substance! So, I just want people to see me there in that casket with a fork in my hand and I want them to wonder, “What’s with the fork?” Then I want you to tell them: “Keep your fork. The best is yet to come.”
The pastor’s eyes welled up with tears of joy as he hugged the woman good-bye. He knew this would be one of the last times he would see her before her death. But he also knew that the woman had a better grasp of Heaven than most Christians did.
She KNEW that something better was coming.
At her funeral people were walking by the woman’s casket and they saw the pretty dress she was wearing, her favorite Bible, and the fork placed in her right hand.
Over and over, the pastor heard the question “What’s with the fork?”
And over and over he smiled.
During his message, the pastor told the people of the conversation he had with the woman shortly before she died. He also told them about the fork and about what it symbolized to her. The pastor told the people how he could not stop thinking about the fork and told them that they probably would not be able to stop thinking about it either. He was right.
So the next time you reach down for your fork, let it remind you ever so gently, that the best is yet to come.
God shows up in unexpected ways…
Happy Sunday Everyone!
Football preseason starts tonight…actually it started a few days back, but the Raiders play their first game tonight, so as far as this family is concerned, it officially starts tonight. If you have a problem with that, you can speak to Ryan. No? I thought not…
Please pray for Ryan (over and above how you’re already praying). He had a test come back with a positive diagnosis for an infection. He’s been given some medicine to eradicate it, so the prayer is that the medication will be effective, and that it will work rapidly…Thank you!
Found this picture in Ryan’s closet. Hung it on his bathroom wall yesterday. So profound…
Again, it seems like the weekend is dragging, because I can’t wait until I’m able to watch him again on Monday…
Have my alarm set for 4 A.M. tomorrow morning. Hoping to get a good look at the Perseid meteor shower. Would like to get Ryan outside to see as well, but most likely he’ll be asleep. I’ll check in on him nonetheless.
“I have enough money to live comfortably for the rest of my life – if I die next Tuesday.”
“Why do we put a round pizza in a square box and eat it in triangles?”
“Be decisive. Right or wrong, make a decision. The road of life is paved with flat squirrels who couldn’t make a decision.”
Happy Friday Night Y’all!
Came across this post I wrote back in 2014, and thought I’d post it again:
“Weird Thought Babbled by an Insane Man” by Bret Buchanan
INSANITY noun: relatively permanent disorder of the mind
I like Einstein’s definition even better; doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
You know why God isn’t insane? Aside from the obvious, I believe it’s also because He doesn’t do the same things over and over again to get our attention. For instance, He is using Ryan in a different way in order to convey something to me/us. So, it’s up to me to continue to listen, watch and pray differently in order to realize different results, otherwise I’ll go insane (like I’m not there already?)…
Romans 11:33 Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! God can’t be kept in a box. He has no limits…
Am I insane for reposting something I’ve already written?
Today I sent out a couple of emails to perspective research centers asking if they’d be interested in taking on Ryan as a case study. I’ll be sending out more as I find ones that look suitable for Ryan’s needs and goals. Please pray that God will supply the right one, and that I will be able to discern it…Thank you!
Thought for Today:
Live your life. Take chances. Be crazy. Don’t wait! Because right now is the oldest you’ve ever been and the youngest you’ll be ever again.
Be strong, but not rude
Be kind, but not weak
Be bold, but don’t bully
Be humble, but not shy
Be proud, but not arrogant
– Jim Rohn
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves…