I have a couple of things in common with the famous golfer Bobby Jones. He loved the game of golf. And all the challenges it presents to the human soul and the development of one’s character. Later in his life, he got the dreaded spinal cord disorder Syringomyelia, the same thing I have in my spine.
We have very few choices except having shunts or drains placed in the spinal cord to relieve pain from pressure building up in the spinal cord. We live our lives as best we can while nerves get destroyed from the inside. Bobby Jones lived to be 70 years old; I am currently 79. My golf ended forty years ago, but I get a lot of enjoyment out of watching it on television.
When the game first got started, it became a test of rules and a honor system. It has become a powerful tool for individuals to form and build precious character. It all comes down to choices you make the right choice or the wrong choice you become stronger or weaker in conscience.
“In 1948, Bobby Jones got diagnosed with Syringomyelia. It is a fluid-filled cavity in the spinal cord that causes crippling pain, then paralysis; he eventually got restricted to a wheelchair. He died in Atlanta on December 18, 1971, three days after converting to Catholicism. Jones was baptized on his deathbed by Monsignor John D. Stapleton, pastor of the Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta, and attended by the Jones family. He was buried in Atlanta’s historic Oakland Cemetery. Jones became inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974.”
Thank you for sending me Tom Osen’s book, “Hang A White Dish Towel in the Window Tonight”.
My physical condition seems to be deteriorating at a more rapid pace. It seems to keep sliding faster down that slippery slope, lubricated excessively, back in my youth. In the past weeks, it colors my mental pictures badly.
I have been trying to find relief on large portions of “Chicken Soup for the Soul”. It seems to work wonders. I still have a problem when some thoughts try to creep in. I can’t seem to consume enough soup. I have even considered using a large soup ladle to take in its healing nourishment.
Tom Osen’s book has worked wonders for me. I may reread it but will send it back to you. It would be best if you kept that book in your collection.
The Lord indeed works in mysterious ways. You sent that book to me while I was in one of the worst lows I have encountered.
Thank you, and God bless you and your family.
God Does Bless. October 31, 2015, / Leland Olson Hoel
Yes, I do believe God grants blessings. We must understand that some get given, and some might not be a blessing. An unanswered prayer might even be a real blessing. When you see the little old lady at your forty-year class reunion, you remember asking God to help set you up with her. You sure are glad He overlooked that one. God always knows what is in our best interest when he receives our prayers. He probably checks out how humble our worldly attitude is as he makes his final decision.
Do you answer the standard greeting, how are you? “I am blessed.” If you do, you’re probably aware of God’s blessings in your life. We spend much of our time trying to sort out what benefits are and if they are from God. Many of the things that happen to us daily seem like blessings, because they make us feel good. We might take for granted our real benefits coming from God.
God is in the business of granting blessings. We have to trust Him with how we receive them. Satan also allows things to happen. He would have us think that some of those things that make us so happy are from God. Winning the lottery might seem like a great blessing. If it ruins your life after a binge of selfish, extravagant living, it surely is not a blessing from God.
It is God’s wish that people trust him with their daily lives. He has a life plan for each one of us. God gives us the freedom to choose how our life walk gets carried out. He is not a dictator who demands specific actions from us. It is his wish that we live lives according to his commandments. Living that life is an impossible task; our human nature usually finds us following the easy road.
When we trust God with our daily lives, he will bless us by showing us the way and giving us the strength we need. Our wants and our needs are always in conflict. Our desires usually cause us to go the wrong way. Our needs can become adjustable. When we finally trust that God will supply all of our needs, we are home free. We then start to recognize that the blessings we receive are from God, and we can be happy in all circumstances.
We live in a sinful world were traps and snares can easily catch us and lead us in the wrong direction. Problems of modern-day living can keep us from even thinking that there are such things as blessings. Each new day will have troubles of its own, only through trust in God’s help can those troubles be overcome. As long as we are in this world, we will continue to wonder about blessings. Being able to get out of bed to greet a new day can be a blessing. Good health is a genuine blessing. Be thankful for all your blessings every day, not just on turkey day.
Presidential speeches get taken seriously and remembered. It is the best form of communication between the leader of the highest office and the citizens. Presidential speeches are usually carefully drafted with help from advisors and sometimes speechwriters to deliver a clear, concise message.
The president’s Independence Day speech from Mount Rushmore left me in a low mood. I felt somewhat depressed afterward.
I have served in the United States Armed Forces and always considered myself to be a good citizen. The president’s speech left me feeling as if I might be a traitor to my country and my fellow citizens.
I am a Democrat and do not agree with all of his ideas but remain open to debate if this is still a democracy. The GOP leadership refused to work with Obama’s Administration for eight years.
Let us all hope his next executive order is not to send Democrats to re-education camps.