A few days ago I was driving around in my truck listening to the radio. Since it is the first week of January, New Year’s resolutions are still fresh on people’s minds and the advertising on the radio was trying to capitalize on it. Try this food, sign up for this plan, join a gym, etc. (All the regular things that resolutions seem to revolve around)
Then I heard an advertisement for a local church encouraging people to come and find answers to an array of questions thrown at us in our daily lives. It seemed a curious mix with the other diet and weight loss cures being hocked. At the same time, it wasn’t too surprising since people do a lot of soul searching around this time of year. One question they specifically mentioned was, ‘If there truly is a higher power out there, why would He let bad things happen to good people?’ Hmm, interesting.
Throughout the morning on Saturday I visited with most of the people signing up since I was volunteering where everyone had to weigh in. I saw a familiar look on a lot of faces as they passed by. The look of, ‘I know I need to make a change but I am not sure how’. I remember feeling that way a lot prior to 2009. I told people to ask me anything and everything if it would help them. I was asked lots of questions like… What did you eat? How much did you exercise? Was it hard to stick to? Did you ever have low points where you wanted to give up? What motivated you?
The one question that I got asked the most was… What was the ONE THING that was the final straw that made you change for good and stick with it? I told the story so many times that it got me thinking about the advertisement for the church I had heard on the radio.
Fast forward 2 short months. Michelle got sick on Valentine’s Day with a kidney stone which was terrible. Shortly after that she got mono and the E. coli virus. These three things took such a toll on her body that she lost 40 pounds in a very short time. This, combined with my father’s surgery was the final straw for me.
While I stood there visiting and answering questions Saturday I couldn’t help but think… I am right here, right now….because my dad had brain surgery and because Michelle got a kidney stone, mono, and E. coli.
If there is a plan for me, these terrible things were all part of the plan so that I might help and encourage others with my experiences. Today I am thankful for my father and thankful for my wife who endured these things so that I might learn from them. They are both stronger than I will ever be.