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It's Easy To Do But We Often Forget Our Spritual Health

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Jesus called them “walking graves.” They say all the “right things.” Reverent platitudes roll off their tongues but when it comes time to put their faith to a test, to do what they tell you and I WE need to do, they scurry into the woodwork like roaches exposed to the light. Maybe you know someone like them.

I walked into the grocery store last. There’s a foyer of sorts where they store the grocery carts. Standing off to the side, struggling with a three wheeled bike, was a young lady. She was trying to get on her bike, turn it around and head for home. You could tell she’d been struggling for a while because sweat was pouring down her face. As people walked out of the store she’d ask them for help. I recognized a couple of those people. They sit in church with me every Sunday. They sing loud, they shout “amen,” and are quick to point out everyone else’s sins and shortcomings and why I’m going to rot in hell for what I believe. As the young lady asked for assistance they sped up, moving quickly towards the parking lot. One little boy asked his mom if they should help. She told him they were in a hurry and yanked him away. As I watched this unfold I walked over and asked if she needed some help. She smiled, brushed her hair out of her eyes and asked me to hold the bike steady so she could climb on the seat. She had a difficult time talking and her gait was stiff but between the two of us we figured out a way to get her on her bike. She couldn’t get her legs over the bar in the middle of the bike. As she struggled, I made a couple of suggestions and in a few minutes she was ready to roll. While I was assisting her two employees asked me to hurry up so they could move the carts out of the way. No one, I mean no one, made a move to help.

Jesus called them “walking graves.” They say all the “right things.” Reverent platitudes roll off their tongues but when it comes time to put their faith to a test, to do what they tell you and I WE need to do, they scurry into the woodwork like roaches exposed to the light. Maybe you know someone like them.

When I was a freshman in high school there was a young man in my home room everyone made fun of. While the rest of us had started to mature physically, he hadn’t. His voice was high pitched and he had a youthful chubbiness about him. He was teased mercilessly. The day after school finished for summer he walked into his basement and hung himself.

I never teased him. Quite the contrary, I stayed as far away from him as I could. When he was tripped in the hall I laughed. When people squashed his lunch I giggled. I’d walk real slow as we approached the bus stop. I didn’t want to be put in the same group as him. When I found out he had killed himself I didn’t really react one way or the other. It wasn’t until I was in college that I started thinking about him or rather my behavior towards him. In a nutshell, I wasn’t proud. I found his grave and every time I am in Milwaukee, I stop by for a visit. It’s a painful reminder to me that my inaction was a harmful as all the teasing. Understand me; I am not one of those folks who believe he can save the world. I don’t know if my actions would have made a difference or not, but ya know what? We’ll never know.

God puts angels in our paths each day and those angels, whether they appeal to our private notion of what’s right or wrong give us an opportunity to share some of our joy, our peace and our love. They are not always size zeros or 28 inch waists with rippling muscles. They have trouble getting on their bikes or can’t quite seem to get the hang of making friends, but they are angels. They are our gifts from God Many of us utilize personal trainers to help us reach our fitness goals. Yesterday, I believe I was given the opportunity to “train” and practice what I really believe.

“Love one another as I have loved you.” Unfortunately, I often reconstruct that line to read “Love one another as long as you live where I do, believe what I believe and think what I think. If you do, then I love you.”

In our desire and zeal to become fit and nutritious we leave out the most important part. It’s the part where we nourish our spirits and souls.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PROVERBS31JULIA 8/27/2012 9:04AM

    A wonderful sermon to start the day! Thanks!! It's sooo true!


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SPSPSP1 8/26/2012 3:49AM

    Thank you for the reminder to be caring and compassionate.

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ZORAHGAIL 8/10/2012 2:04PM

    Thank you. Needed to read it today.

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MOMOFFOUR68 8/3/2012 6:22PM

    Great reminder! We may be the only Jesus someone sees!!

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PARKERCM 8/3/2012 3:33PM

  We all have those same moments John. There are times I have looked back and lamented over things I have said and done as well as things I have FAILED to say of do. Praise God for He is gracious. He gives me soooo many chances in hoped I will learn--I figure. It sounds like you have!!

Bless your day.


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PRESBESS 8/3/2012 2:26PM

    I loved this blog. Excellent!

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GOLFLADY11 8/3/2012 8:08AM

Thanks for the great blog! I also have had the thought that a certain situation was a tes for me. Turn the other way or lend a helping hand. Unfortunately in our society today there is an element of evil lurking and sometimes we are afraid to respond. I have often thought ' there but for the grace of God go I" and I do try to lend a hand when I can. Blessings! I love the thought of God putting angels in our path!

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MARCYNA 8/2/2012 2:24PM

    We should never never forget those who suffer and let's help them, whenever we cross them!
Thanks for reminding me, and for the beautiful example you're giving us!!!

Comment edited on: 8/2/2012 2:27:46 PM

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NELLBELLA26 7/31/2012 12:37AM

    This was a truly beautiful blog. We do forget that god puts people in our paths for many reasons and we keep rolling on by sometimes without thinking to stop and help others.
Had to share this blog with others. Wonderful words of wisdom. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WONDERFUL2BME 7/29/2012 2:15PM

    That was a wonderful act of kindness on your part. This is the main reason I quit attending organized religion. I spend a lot of time nurturing my soul, but I found myself coming away from "services" feeling judgemental of some of the souls around me which was not nurturing in the least. I also found many people 'attending' just to push forward their buisness/work.

I think disney had it right in the Goofy cartoon from years ago about how wonderful Goofy was until he got behind the wheel of his car. So many people become such hellions behind the wheel.

What the world needs now is love sweet love!

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MARCYNA 7/29/2012 1:05PM

    Hey, John, this blog's great, love, hugs

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CADILLACSMITH 7/27/2012 10:33PM

  Beautiful blog! We so often tend to forget that we are ALL Gods children, and that our actions or the lack of them can make such a difference in someone's life. This is a great reminder and I appreciate your willingness to share and bring this to our attention.

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DR8561 7/24/2012 12:29PM

    An excellent reminder. Thank you.

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KARINSKY1 7/24/2012 1:19AM

    Amen and amen. When I was young, I was someone who almost did what that young man did. I was made fun of, bullied and taunted. I thought about suicide daily, told my friends and planned how I would do it. However, God intervened, found me and gave me a reason for living and hope. I have to confess, that I struggle with being one of the people that are often in too much of hurry, but I am trying to be more mindful about reaching out when I see the need. I don't ever want to forget, that I could be that person needing some kindness. Thanks for the reminder. We get it backwards and put the physical before the spiritual. We can't have lasting success with the physical, until we deal with the spiritual.

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DEBK0923 7/23/2012 11:10AM

    great blog

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HERBIEDS 7/22/2012 5:46PM

    Wow!! What an amazing post I agree its is so easy for all of us to put blinders on, thank you for the reminder and the boost i needed towards spiritual health as well as physical health

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IAMLOVEDBYYOU 7/21/2012 11:29PM

    Absolutely. I think about this a lot as it is easy for me to get caught up in physical health and get distracted from my spiritual health. We should be good stewards of the bodies that God has given us, but it is meaningless without love.

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BRENDABEEMAN 7/21/2012 9:57PM

  great article there John JT. Most people don''t understand that no matter WHAT they look like people will SEE you as you act/react around them. thank you for the reminder. emoticon

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FLOWERDIE345 7/21/2012 9:02PM

    Thank you for this. emoticon

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WELSTEACH 7/21/2012 1:05AM

    Acting love is different than talking love. I am glad you helped her out.

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MAVERICK59 7/21/2012 1:01AM

    Namaste to you my friend.
I think you are one of those Angels put here for the rest of us.

God Bless you.

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LILLI56 7/20/2012 11:53PM

    Thank you for this. I, too have a friend who committed suicide in between Jr and Sr high. His mother kept looking for a reason he killed himself. She still talks about it (and I am sure she will always) although it has been over 30 years.

Jesus is a reason to love the lovable and not so lovable.

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KTISFOCUSED 7/20/2012 10:55PM

    What an awesome blog! It reminds me of the point that it is so easy to love the loveable but we are called to love everyone. Thanks for this blog; it could remind many to do the right thing. I can tell that you truly learned something from the tragedy of that young man taking his life. I had a similar thing happen where someone took her life and I wished I had taken a little more time to try to help her. She had many problems and it would have taken time and patience--just like the time you took to help yesterday. Beautiful!!!!

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SASKANNE 7/20/2012 10:34PM

    What a remarkable post! Thanks for your clarity - it is always right in front of our faces but often we overlook humanity and kindness.

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GRAPHICS2 7/20/2012 9:29PM

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. We are spirit having a human experience

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KALLIE1958AR 7/20/2012 7:19PM

    Awesome I know how you feel and yes I know plenty ..

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DIANNEMT 7/20/2012 6:59PM

    Thank you for sharing this. I try to live as Jesus dictates--sometimes I do it right and other times, I am too human. This was a great reminder.

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JRFINLEY14 7/20/2012 2:17PM

    Very well said. When I was overseas in the Navy, I tried to do just one nice thing every day for someone else. I did not do it for praise or any type of gain other than it just made me feel good inside. I noticed that after a few week, it got to be contagious with my ship mates. Maybe we could try that here!

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DOTTY7267 7/20/2012 1:22PM

    Thank you so much for being there for her. If we can all do what we expect of others, this world would be great! Keep your faith and hope in your fellow man, we are not all "walking graves", but are encouraged by living examples of what is right.

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ANNADIAZ01 7/20/2012 12:03PM

  Great post! Oh so true. Sometimes we mean well, but when we are presented with opportunities to reach out to others, we miss it. thanks for the reminder. :-)

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KATIEKAT475 7/20/2012 11:48AM

    Amen. Definitely makes me think about how I will react to others today. Thank you!!!

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GODSGALS 7/20/2012 11:08AM

    One more thing. Have you noticed that there are a ton of videos cropping up exposing bullying at school? It seems to be the "in thing" right now, but it's soul-destroying and I'd rather build up than tear down. We all have issues, and we're a work in progress. Who are we to think we're better than anyone else? Who has the right to determine our self-worth other than the One who made us? How can we show the world that it shows more character to encourage than destroy? Any suggestions?

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ANGLEBABIES3 7/20/2012 10:46AM

    emoticon and God Bless emoticon

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LAURIE5658 7/20/2012 9:47AM

    John, I read this blog yesterday and I just had to come and read it again. Thank you so much!!!

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BEACHBUM4LIFE 7/20/2012 9:16AM

    Such an awesome blog!! I pray God will open my eyes to the angels around me and give me the courage to do what is right to help those in need.

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LISALGB 7/20/2012 8:41AM

    John, this blog touched my heart deeply. I work for the school system and I see bullying so often. It just breaks my heart to see people treated this way - child or adult - it is cruel.
Thank you for reminding us that we need to live as Jesus lives and to walk as He walks - and most importantly, love and He loves.
Many blessings to you, John!

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EFFRAYECHILDE 7/20/2012 8:37AM

    Very well said.

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LYNMEINDERS 7/20/2012 4:15AM

    such a true blog John...thanks so much for the reminder of how we should act....not how we often do

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LEANIE64 7/20/2012 1:49AM

    Your post was so touching and very true..Thanks so much !! I will be more aware of others needs..and try to be Christ's hands..!

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BLUEJEAN99 7/20/2012 1:23AM

    Amen! emoticon emoticon

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GRAMMAP1 7/19/2012 11:45PM

    I have a grandson that has always been there for the excluded. I am so proud that his faith show in this way! emoticon

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TORAMPAUL 7/19/2012 9:14PM

    Great post. We need to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Could you please add some scripture references to your posts? Thanks :)

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SPARKENISTA 7/19/2012 9:04PM

    John--Thank you for this. I cannot believe how cruel those people in were in passing by this young lady. I am not at all surprised that you helped her. As far as those employees who asked you to rush, you can bet I would have a few choice words for them!

As far as that boy in school--I don't know whether you saw the recent movie, "Bullies" or something like that. It is a limited-release documentary. The story of that boy, unfortunately, is not an isolated incident. My heart breaks for the kids who are "different" and who cannot see beyond this phase of their lives to a brighter future.

At that time, you could not have predicted the depth of his despair or that he would take desperate actions so you cannot hold yourself responsible. You also learned a valuable lesson and are hyper-sensitive to the needs of others now.

Perhaps he was put here to teach those in his sphere the degree of cruelty that can be caused by their words and actions. Maybe all of those who hurt him are better people for it now. We can only hope.

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SLUDERCATS 7/19/2012 8:40PM

    Really enjoyed this blog. A very enlightening piece that outlines the way the world is going. I pray that i do not follow in there footsteps.

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SHEPIL 7/19/2012 6:43PM

    You have a heart for people. That's very special. It does take conscious effort to be kind and helpful.

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TEMPERANCE88 7/19/2012 6:22PM

    Wow! Great reminder. Thank you for reminding us to live as Christ lives.

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KIN59VARA 7/19/2012 5:26PM

    Very well said.

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2BOYSMEMA 7/19/2012 5:22PM

    WOW!!!! So many times I could have been the good samaritan, but instead I was to busy or maybe even thought "I was better" than the person needing help, maybe I thought the person with me would think I was "not cool" if I took the time to help someone else. Yes, I have been the good samaritan before and it felt so good. Thank you for the time I have the opportunity to be the good samaritan, I willmake the choice to not be a walking grave.

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MARGARITTM 7/19/2012 3:19PM

    Beautiful post Thanks

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