is the bible study we just started at ABC, Anastasia Baptist Church this past Mon, 1/11/16. WHEW!!! Pretty intense WEEK #1!!! Some main points of each day’s study, FOR ME, are presented below:
Day 1 had me looking at…???…???…??? “LIES”. OUCH!!! “LIES”…about the REAL person I am. This triggered memories of being labeled as a liar by my family, beginning somewhere between ages 4-6. Hhhmmm…had I tried to report the abuse??? And was it simply easier for others to survive it by denying it…thinking I lied…about EVERYTHING, Big or small??? Pretty deep…and painful.
Day 2 triggered memories of being a “QUITTER” during my younger years. I quit the school track and the County swim teams…BOTH in Junior High School during grades 7-8, age 13-14. WHY did I “QUIT”??? BECAUSE…I was NOT GOOD enough. Hhhmmm…according to who??? According to “ME”!!! OUCH!!!
Day 3 we celebrated the gift of Salvation. HALLELUIAH!!! AMEN. AND THANK YOU, JESUS!!!
Day 4 had me identify specific ways in which God is using me. I did NOT hesitate as I wrote #1: as an “OTA/L” seeking to “HELP” people regain Independence post any incident causing a physical, emotional, and/or mental decline in any manner what-so-ever. And #2: as a “BLOGGER”, writing numerous posts aimed at uniting people through spiritual and motivational team building in a manner that encourages P.H.P., folks. People Helping People…to survive “LIFE”.
Day 4 ALSO asked me to devise a plan for the steps I am willing to take in order to grow closer to God. WOO-WHOOOOOO!!! Writing down 3-4 things that I am willing to do increases the likelihood that I just might actually do them!!! WAIT… BUT I ALREADY KNEW THAT, didn’t I???!!!???!!!???!!! OH, BOTHER!!! :/ (Yep, I’m thinkin’ about Pooh Bear, A.K.A., Danielle) 😉
DAY 5 reminded me how I felt, consciously, “ANONYMOUS” AFTER my car accident. Walking, talking and thinking were difficult tasks for me to perform due to injuries sustained in “THE” accident. A college classmate eventually disclosed her initial disgust with me, believing that I ALWAYS came to lecture and/or lab classes drunk, as indicated by my impaired speech, awkward or imbalanced gait AND delayed mental processing patterns.
“I”…was ashamed. Embarrassed. I spoke VERY little for a long, Long, LONG time. And when I DID speak, it seemed like NOBODY LISTENED!!! NOBODY LIKED ME, I surmised. “I”…DID NOT EVEN LIKE MY “SELF”!!! Significant deficits plagued me for YEARS, folks. For many, Many, MANY YEARS!!! OUCH!!! Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…
LIFE IS DIFFICULT, folks!!! FOR EVERYBODY. EVERYWHERE. Can we PLEASE just try to HELP each other in our efforts to SURVIVE it (LIFE)???
And lastly, folks: EVERYBODY…HAS A STORY!!! What’s YOURS??? Have you identified how God wants you to use that story to “HELP” others??? So tell me…ARE YOU HELPING OTHERS??? Or…ARE YOU HURTING THEM???
“THINK ABOUT IT!!!” (A tribute to my brother Bob Goble. I love you and may you R.I.P.)
GO TEAM!!! WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!!!
P.H.P., folks. People Helping People.
ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!! AMEN.