New Music Friday:
Let me begin by asking for prayers for my cousin Kyle. A few days ago, he was rushed to the hospital for immediate surgery after his legs were crushed from an ATV crash. Thankfully, the surgery went well and his legs look to be on the recovery track although it looks like some serious days of physical therapy are ahead.
Kyle is an incredible baseball player with the intent on continuing the sport in college. I’m sure that most athletes can relate to the fear of a career ending injury. These injuries are perceived as physical, but the emotional and mental pain is what truly threatens a person’s spirit.
There is no doubt in my mind that Kyle won’t let this injury stop his love and determination for the game and I am confident that he has the will to overcome this terrible accident. My heart goes out to all athletes struggling to overcome a physical barrier to their dreams. Just remember that there is a reason for everything.
By taking a step back and looking at how this incident relates to our own lives, we can see that our health is something that we frequently take advantage of. Accidents like this happen all the time and drastically alter lives across the globe. Who’s to say we aren’t next? Is it possible to be truly thankful for something if you’ve never experienced life without it?
Now, we can ask “what if” questions all day. What if cows decide to revolt against us? What if my shoes fall into radioactive waste and come alive and try and eat me? What if McDonald’s fries disappear someday? (I’ve had nightmares about the last one)
The point is that we shouldn’t lock ourselves inside the house, seal with windows, and cover the walls with bubble wrap just because there are endless ways for us to experience pain.
Side note: This honestly reminds me of the SpongeBob episode where SpongeBob decides to live indoors after almost receiving the iron butt. Double side note: I love SpongeBob. Triple side note (to stir up controversy): Only the original episodes of SpongeBob are worth watching.
Anyways, while we could hide from the horrors of the world indoors, life isn’t about escaping pain. In fact, I would argue that it’s the opposite. In order to grow, we need to have our world flipped upside-down. We need to experience the other side of the fence.
At the end of the day, life is about the experiences you have, the struggles you push through, and the relationships you make. Be careful about what you allow to take away your joy. After some time has passed, you may look back and realize that what was once the end of the world for you is now just a small memory in the past. If you’re alive and breathing, you have something to be thankful for.
Lastly, I want to give a special shout out to my Grandpa. He is most likely chilling in the sun and playing a round of golf with my sister Gabby in Heaven. Two years ago, he passed away the day after my sister died. He was an incredible role model when it came to faith, family, and his country, and I know for a fact that I would not be who I am today without him. I do this for you too, Gramps.
With all of that said, I’ve got an exciting weekend ahead since my cousin is getting married! Spending time with family and celebrating the joys of life is what I live for, and I want as many people in this world as possible to experience the love as well.
God Bless and have a great weekend!