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Life is way too short, make it count!

Life is way too short, make it count!
By Don Twobears

For the past week, I have been wanting to think of a new article to write. Preferably, something I have not written before. At first, it sort of evaded me and then I got to thinking, what is it that we are to be talking with other believers about? I believe, that we should be telling others about things that have an effect on all of us in this life. I was struck by the thought I once heard from a Tribal Elder. “Each of us live a life, that is different from others, even our dreams are different, thus…all we are able to do is to sing our own stories.”

In my young life, I had heard of stories from the Ancestors and they used to be a story that was sung by those that knew them. I was taught that we (American Indians) kept their memories of them alive, through songs. At first and as a kid, that seemed sort of weird. Yet today and so many years later, I have found this to be a very loving way of doing things…In a song…of all ways. How much more American Indian could that be?! American Indians are very social among their own people, deeply connected to each other. This in turn, got me to thinking again of the statement above, “my own Story.” What better story could one tell, than the one about your own story, your own life and then I got to thinking, is this not what “Witnessing” is all about? How the Lord God has touched your Life?
I have been so very Blessed by my Lord and Savior, that I should write about this and see if it touches someone else, to tell their story of their Blessings. What better way to Praise the Lord Jesus Christ?!

I know that, since working in the Medical Field for 50 Years, I have seen many, many, things, most good and then some not so good. And yet, good or bad, it is still a story of someones life and because the Lord created them, that life is important and so the Story Sung is important. As with everyone, I have done good things in life and some bad things in life as well, we all, are indeed Humans.

As a kid I had my share of cuts and broken bones, doing nothing more than playing. I am American Indian, adopted as a baby and raised in a White home, with White Parents. Oddly enough, I was raised by my Parents, who were 30+ years in the Military, over in the Orient! So I would have to guess, I am slightly different than others of my People. Yet despite all of this, I remember the Scripture that tells me, I was created and my life was always directed of the Lord, who knew me before the creation of the Universe. And HE Loved me first!

I believe, my life has not been all that different than anyone else. Two months ago, I began to have a dull pain in my right upper quadrant abdomen. Nothing too awfully bad, about a 4-5 on the Ten-Scale of Pain, as is used in the Medical System. So off to the Doctor we went and told Him what I thought was going on. Oddly enough, I would get an occasional sharp pain, that would go up to a 7 on the pain scale, actually, it would surprise me each time. I sort of knew, that it did not originate in my Colon, more than likely in my Liver and yet even that was sort of strange to me. My Doctor wanted me to have a CT Scan of that upper abdomen, unfortunately, the Insurance Company (Medicare) had other ideas. So I had to follow their Protocol, which seemed endless to say the very least. They wanted other tests first and so began a two month list of tests, before I would have surgery. Incidentally, the pain has not dissipated one bit, and now I worry about taxing a some what healthy Gallbladder. I have a Gallstone, occasionally obstructing by Cystic Duct, hence the pain.

I have since had an Abdominal Sonogram, A Chest X-ray, an Echo-Cardiogram (Heart) and finally a Heart Cath (Check Arteries). Altogether, every test has come back normal, except for one EKG, which came back “Slightly Abnormal.” This EKG was the reason for all the other tests, they would not put me to sleep for the surgery without them. I was getting most perturbed with it all, the pain is still there!

What does it mean, when the Bible says, “1 Corinthians 10:13 “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” This word in particular means to “Try a thing, make an Endeavor” according to Strong’s Concordance, is the word “pā-rä’-zō” as in to “Test something”. So this could also mean and include Pain as well, the Lord would not allow us more pain than we could endure. Hence we use Pain Medications. How odd is it, my Mom was Born-Again and died of Pancreatic Cancer and yet never experienced a moment of pain! Does this not make you wonder about the Information above?

I have been a smoker since I was 21 years old and in the Military, oddly enough, my Heart Cath showed normal arteries! I did these sorts of testing while in the Medical Field and I lost many Patients to Heart Disease, how is it, I have normal Arteries? My Dad died of Heart Disease! You and I…KNOW…the answer to that question, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Does this mean, I am more Blessed of the Lord than anyone else? Absolutely NOT! Obviously, the Lord God has something else for me to do during my Life here, yet I am no better than anyone else.

I know for a fact there are patients, that are half my age and their Heart disease is most profound! Does this follow the Holy Word of God for people living in the “Last Days??” You can count on that! Do you think that these sort of things, are worthy of scrutiny, considering we are indeed in the “Last Days?” How many other people are being Blessed of the Lord in a similar fashion? Do you have a story to add, as a Witness for the Lord Jesus Christ? Please feel free to write yours as well!

If more people in this world, were able to see how the Lord is Blessing some, maybe they would re-consider their position concerning the Lord Jesus Christ and their Eternal Destination…right?! I personally know of people that are not able to Witness to others for the Lord, yet they would be able to relay their own personal story of their life.

I personally believe, that the Lord God created each of us to be unique, similar to others yet slightly different. Sort of like when I sit out front on my porch in the mornings, drinking a good cup of coffee and seeing how different each and every Oak Tree is uniquely. I also believe, for most, we never give ourselves the scrutiny as we should, to consider how special we are to the Lord or how unique we are compared to others. I am not talking about whether we are better than anyone else or lesser for that matter.

Psalms 139:14 – I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”

Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”

Matthew 10:30 “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.”

Scripture tells all we need to know, in our lives and with the Lord God Almighty! I believe we need to take a true accounting of our Lives and how the Lord has Blessed us and in turn, our lives will Bless another. My Friends is this not what the Lord Jesus Christ asks of us, is this not our normal service to HIM?? I believe there is a need in this world, for us to tell others about our Blessings by the Lord!

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

I use the King James version of the Bible and all emphasis is mine.

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