January ended the way it began – with a reappearance of the elephant.
If you read my post Well Hello, 2015! you know this year started off with a bang for my family. The month of January ended the same way. Tuesday my husband had an MRI on his back, Wednesday my daddy had knee replacement surgergy (doing very well, praise God) and then Thursday my husband had an epidural for what we now know is a herniated disc in his back. Yesterday I felt like a doctor making my rounds as I left my husband on floor 2, went up to floor 5 to assess daddy’s progress and then back to floor 2 to check on my husband.
(Hey at least they were considerate of my needs and were there at the same time, right?)
And while I was there walking the halls I just started prayed for all the hospital staff – from the sweet older volunteers who man the phones and escort you here and there, to the nurses and the doctors who perform miraculous surgeries every day, to the nurses who look after a patient after surgery, to the people who cook and bring food to patients (which Daddy said is actually pretty good) and the housekeeping staff who clean up messes I can’t even imagine.
A lot of people come in contact with one patient in a hospital. A lot of people have the chance to bring a patient joy and hope while they are recovering. A lot of people are put in the path of one person…
So flip that around and you’ll see one person has the chance to influence a lot of people. One patient can either be grumpy and ornery to the hospital staff or one patient can be a light shining in a place that sees so much pain and suffering.
One patient – one person. Applied to our daily lives, each of us has the opportunity every day to be a light to the people we come in contact with – and that can be a lot of people in 1 day. And people are hurting all over the place, not just in hospitals. People in this world need Christians to bring light and hope and the message of Jesus to them when all hope may seem lost.
So no matter what you are doing today – going to work, picking up Super Bowl snacks at Target (yep, that’s a definite on my to-do list for today) or even laying in a hospital bed – you can be that light.
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16)
Go be a light. The world needs you!
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