“No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize” 1 Corinthian 9:27 (NIV Bible)
Wow this was the premise of todays sermon. I thought Christian or not, this was a powerful sentiment and really resonated with me. I’m the boss of me and there are things I need to handle. Stay the course and do what you need to so you don’t lose the prize. So many ways to take this passage and they are all meaningful to me right now. No more games, have to be serious.
What do you think?
So let me start out by saying that I teach for a total of six hours a week. So don’t cry for me. Still I guard Sundays with a ferocity that may surprise some. Church is my choice so I go every Sunday with few exceptions. In nicer weather church is preceded by a walk in the park. Afterwards though I try to do as little as possible. Since I teach on Monday morning at 8:30 a.m. some school work is involved. My husband and I usually watch something that we DVR’d earlier in the week and I usually prepare dinner. What I really avoid is anything that causes stress and since I retired from my former career six years ago I have little stress about work.
I know that many of you have family and other responsibilities that occupy your Sundays. Some of you have to work. So your Sunday may be Wednesday. The point is that we all need a day that we can live stress free. It’s the day that we start the clock over and hopefully find that sense of renewal. Church triggers the renewal for me. So press on and enjoy the moments that you have. Tomorrow it starts again!
Among other things that I did this week was check on an elderly relative who is temporarily in a nursing facility. At least she wants it to be temporary. The bottom line is that she isn’t really capable of taking care of herself any more and since I live in another State, and am responsible for my 95-year-old mother I can’t do much for her. No one wants to think about a time in the future when they may be alone. Unfortunately, for many that time comes. We are living longer and through medical advances, we are able to outlive diseases that took our lives in the past.
We hope that there will be someone there to take care of us but no one can be sure. Kid, grand kids, spouses maybe they will be there maybe not. Some of us don’t have them.
So today I am asking everyone to take a look at that senior citizen on you block, in your building, or church and see if you can do anything for them. Your concern may make a world of difference to them. Hopefully someone will do the same for you if the time comes.