No News Is Good News?

I have really had no news to share concerning my health in the past several months and as the old maxim goes, “No news is good news,” or is it?  I certainly thought so, until the past week.

So, here’s the short health update. 

I was pretty sick a few weeks ago, but things have improved over the past week or so.  However, I have a cough and some chest congestion that just won’t go away.  So Thursday, May 19 I had an already scheduled appointment at Duke dermatology and while there, made a quick trip to clinic for lab work and a chest X-ray.

One week later, Duke called and said we want you back for a CT scan, ugh.  So, back to Duke today, Friday, May 27 for a CT scan.

On the way back home from the CT scan, the transplant coordinator called and said they want me back on Tuesday, May 31 for a bronchoscopy.  In her words my broncoscopy was, “Crappy.”  Not exactly the medical terminology I was hoping to hear.

I haven’t had a bronchoscopy since October of 2010.  I’m scheduled for one as a part of my annual check-up on June 27, but it looks like that’s getting moved up.  The scheduled bronchoscopy for June 27 is just one week prior to my 3-year transplant anniversary!  Praise the Lord!

So, here’s the bottom line.  Three possible scenarios exist at this point:

1)  I have been aspirating into my lungs and therefore possibly triggering an infection or rejection.

2)  There is already infection present from being sick earlier.

3)  The “unfun” option, is that rejection is back.

I’ll know which door the diagnosis is behind on Wednesday, June 1, I hope.  Maybe then “no news” will be good news!

Still trusting in God’s perfect plan for my life!

Judging Bieber

Okay, so the other night my youngest daughter sat down to watch her newly purchased copy of the Justin Bieber movie, “Never Say Never.”  I have to confess, I had already poked fun at her earlier for even wanting to purchase the movie, yet as it rolled along I found myself slowly being drawn into the “Bieber Vortex.”  I’m always fascinated by behind-the-scenes clips of just about any movie or concert, and that’s probably the part that drew me in the most.  However, as I intently watched the last half of the movie, to my amazement, I found myself actually liking this kid and what he stands for.

Yes, I have been among the fray of folks who have discounted this kid as a “bubblegum culture” artist and passed him off as a joke at times.  But I believe there is more to this artist than just 9 year-old girls screaming and crying, and going into some kind of prepubescent frenzy.

Okay, don’t cast stones yet, let me explain my thoughts.

Justin Bieber has passion and commitment, both of which a lot of our current culture of 16 year-old students don’t have.  Here’s a kid that has given up a shot at a “normal” life to pursue his God-given talent and make a difference with his life and music.  He seems truly humbled by all the fame that has come his way and for the most part, at least to this point, has stayed away from the “dark-side” of the kind of lifestyle he is experiencing.  It looks like, at least for now, he has surrounded himself with people who are giving him wise counsel, after all, his mother travels with him!

He has made it a point to make it all about community.  I love the fact that he has involved so many people in his road show, including other teen artists and isn’t afraid of “sharing the fame.”  He has come to the realization early on in his career, that making music is more about relationships than the music, and that’s something most adults haven’t even begun to comprehend, including me.

I do feel like, to a point, that 16 years of age is still TOO young to be thrust into this kind of public fame because of the burnout, and the eventual nosedive most artists this young take (e.g. Brittany Spears, Lindsay Lohan, Demi Lovato, etc.).  However, the age of the audience Justin Bieber is reaching could probably not be reached by an artist in their 20’s or 30’s.  With that said, I’m thankful that the message in the songs this artist is presenting is wholesome, and I would rather see the preteen crowd listening to a Bieber song than some of the other choices out there.
One of the things that struck me most was the fact that before EVERY show the entire cast huddled up and prayed together!  Now, I know some other artists do this, and that’s great, but you could tell by the sincerity of the prayers being offered that this was the real deal.  What a testimony to the crew this must be, and it’s great to see an entertainer know from Whose hand all of the blessings he is enjoying comes from!

And one final act that made an impact was the that before EVERY show, someone on his staff would leave the venue with a hand full of front row seat tickets, go out on the street, and find several people who either didn’t have a ticket, or maybe had bad seats, etc. and GIVE THEM AWAY!  This may seem small, but it showed me just how much they truly care for and loved people.  That is a refreshing change!

I Timothy 4:12 says,  Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”

I believe there a lot of people who look down on Justin Bieber just because he is young.  But I believe a lot of people are looking down on him because he is taking a stand and conducting himself properly, and living a life of purity.

The world can’t handle that, so they just judge him.

Seniors Of Today, Seniors For Tomorrow

It’s been a LONG time in between blogs.  I’ve been re-thinking about the way I blog and the frequency of my blogs, I’m going to change both, starting today.

Our oldest daughter graduates as a Senior from High School this year, this has had me thinking in the last few days about the question, “What kind of senior adults will this generation of High School seniors make?”  I’ve been observing, and trying to talk to as many senior adults as possible over the past few months.  Trying to find out about their past, their occupations, hobbies, daily activities, etc. and I’m finding out there is such a depth to this generation that many people miss and we are loosing them so quickly.  It would be a tragedy not to learn from them!

I’m grateful that the church I attend has not forgotten this precious group of people.  They recognize that today’s senior adults have so much that they can offer in the way of serving others, working, teaching and ministering.  This generation is also the financial backbone of a lot of churches, communities and organizations.  They know the meaning of sacrifice and commitment.  They have lived through difficult times and have triumphed, not just financially but spiritually and offer tremendous leadership and examples that we learn from.

It has been stated that nearly 80 percent of the wealth in the United States is held by those over the age of 65. How did this happen? Is this not the generation born into the Great Depression and World War II?

In Tom Brokaw’s book, The Greatest Generation, he writes, “They answered the call to save the world from the two most powerful and ruthless military machines ever assembled… They faced great odds and a late start, but they did not protest. They succeeded on every front. They won the war: They saved the world. They came home to joyous and short-lived celebrations and immediately began the task of rebuilding their lives and the world they wanted. They married in record numbers and gave birth to another distinctive generation, the Baby Boomers. A grateful nation made it possible for more of them to attend college than any society had ever educated anywhere. They gave the world new science, literature, art, industry, and economic strength unparalleled in the long curve of history. As they now reach the twilight of their adventurous and prosperous lives, they remain, for the most part, exceptionally modest.”

Will this generation of High School Seniors leave this kind of legacy?

I believe the Bible gives us insight as to how this current generation can leave us the same kind of legacy the youth of yesterday has.

It starts with seeking godly wisdom, knowledge and understanding and learning from their parent’s.

Proverbs 1

1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:
2 To know wisdom and instruction,
To perceive the words of understanding,
3 To receive the instruction of wisdom,
Justice, judgment, and equity;
4 To give prudence to the simple,
To the young man knowledge and discretion—
5 A wise man will hear and increase learning,
And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel,
6 To understand a proverb and an enigma,
The words of the wise and their riddles.
7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,
But fools despise wisdom and instruction.

8 My son, hear the instruction of your father,
And do not forsake the law of your mother;
9 For they will be a graceful ornament on your head,
And chains about your neck.

It also includes praying for our sons and daughters.

Psalm 144:12

That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; That our daughters may be as pillar, sculptured in palace style;

And that they seek the Lord in their youth.

Ecclesiastes 12:1a

1 Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth,
Before the difficult days come,

 

Seniors Of Today, Seniors for Tomorrow

It’s been a LONG time in between blogs.  I’ve been re-thinking about the way I blog and the frequency of my blogs, I’m going to change both, starting today.

Our oldest daughter graduates as a Senior from High School this year, this has had me thinking in the last few days about the question, “What kind of senior adults will this generation of High School seniors make?”  I’ve been observing, and trying to talk to as many senior adults as possible over the past few months.  Trying to find out about their past, their occupations, hobbies, daily activities, etc. and I’m finding out there is such a depth to this generation that many people miss and we are loosing them so quickly.  It would be a tragedy not to learn from them!

I’m grateful that the church I attend has not forgotten this precious group of people.  They recognize that today’s senior adults have so much that they can offer in the way of serving others, working, teaching and ministering.  This generation is also the financial backbone of a lot of churches, communities and organizations.  They know the meaning of sacrifice and commitment.  They have lived through difficult times and have triumphed, not just financially but spiritually and offer tremendous leadership and examples that we learn from.

It has been stated that nearly 80 percent of the wealth in the United States is held by those over the age of 65. How did this happen? Is this not the generation born into the Great Depression and World War II?

In Tom Brokaw’s book, The Greatest Generation, he writes, “They answered the call to save the world from the two most powerful and ruthless military machines ever assembled… They faced great odds and a late start, but they did not protest. They succeeded on every front. They won the war: They saved the world. They came home to joyous and short-lived celebrations and immediately began the task of rebuilding their lives and the world they wanted. They married in record numbers and gave birth to another distinctive generation, the Baby Boomers. A grateful nation made it possible for more of them to attend college than any society had ever educated anywhere. They gave the world new science, literature, art, industry, and economic strength unparalleled in the long curve of history. As they now reach the twilight of their adventurous and prosperous lives, they remain, for the most part, exceptionally modest.”

Will this generation of High School Seniors leave this kind of legacy?

I believe the Bible gives us insight as to how this current generation can leave us the same kind of legacy the youth of yesterday has.

It starts with seeking godly wisdom, knowledge and understanding and learning from their parent’s.

Proverbs 1

1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:
2 To know wisdom and instruction,
To perceive the words of understanding,
3 To receive the instruction of wisdom,
Justice, judgment, and equity;
4 To give prudence to the simple,
To the young man knowledge and discretion—
5 A wise man will hear and increase learning,
And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel,
6 To understand a proverb and an enigma,
The words of the wise and their riddles.
7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,
But fools despise wisdom and instruction.

8 My son, hear the instruction of your father,
And do not forsake the law of your mother;
9 For they will be a graceful ornament on your head,
And chains about your neck.

It also includes praying for our sons and daughters.

Psalm 144:12

That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; That our daughters may be as pillar, sculptured in palace style;

And that they seek the Lord in their youth.

Ecclesiastes 12:1a

1 Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth,
Before the difficult days come,