Monday, July 24, 2006

What Chuck wants us to know

Chuck’s memorial service was yesterday, actually it was more of a celebration of Chuck’s life. His wife, daughters, sons, friends, WWII buddies, and acquaintances were all there, eating, drinking, laughing, remembering and telling stories about Chuck. Chuck was 84 years-old and to his very last day, he was full of life and hope. It seems that Chuck was ever the optimist, no one remembers anything but; you have to be if your hobbies are panning for gold and own a metal detector. It seems that Chuck always understood Who was in control, and he understood that sometimes we feel helpless, and frustrated, and no matter how much we toil, the harvest is lean. Right before he died of cancer, Chuck gave instructions that the following was to be handed out at his memorial (celebration) service.

I am God. Today, I will be handling all your problems. Please remember that I do not need your help.

If life happens to deliver a situation to you that you cannot handle, do not attempt to resolve it. Kindly put it in the SFGTD (something for God to do) box. All situations will be resolved, but in MY time, not yours.

Once the matter is placed into the box, do not hold onto it by worrying about it. Instead, focus on all the wonderful things that are present in your life now.

If you find yourself stuck in traffic, do not despair. There are people in this world for whom driving is an unheard of privilege.

Should you have a bad day at work: Think of the man who has been out of work for years.

Should you despair over a relationship gone bad: Think of the person who has never known what it is like to love and be loved in return.

Should you grieve the passing of another weekend: Think of the woman in dire straits, working twelve hours a day, seven days a week to feed her children.

Should your car break down leaving you miles away from assistance: Think of the paraplegic who would love the opportunity to take that walk.

Should you notice a new gray hair in the mirror: Think of the cancer patient in chemo who wishes he/she had hair to examine.

Should you find yourself at a loss and pondering what is life all about, asking what is my purpose? Be thankful. There are those who did not live long enough to get the opportunity.

Should you find yourself the victim of other people’s bitterness, ignorance, smallness or insecurities, remember, things could be worse. You could be one of them!

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