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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Homeward bound

Sunday, July 22, 2012

I am having a knee scope today. It happened while I was playing basketball, meniscus tears, two of them. I love to play and I love the ladies I am privileged to play with. It is one of those bucket list things. I wanted to play basketball and so I did. I guess everything we do has its risks. If we have the drive, the passion, the want to, we are willing to go for it, risks and all. I was thinking, "What if I don't wake up from the anesthesia?" I know it's not likely, but it is a possibility. Am I ready? Have I made my mark for Jesus? Have I loved deeply those who some feel unlovable, have I reached out my hand to the poor, have I fed the hungry, clothed the naked, visited the sick, the imprisoned, seen to the widow and the orphan?

One of my favorite scriptures, Matthew 25: 31-46, in it our Savior tells us of separating the sheep (the saved) from the goats (the unsaved). His words, " Come, you who are blessed by my Father: take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the beginning of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger and you invited me in. I needed clothes and you clothed me. I was sick and you looked after me. I was in prison and you came to visit me." The righteous then ask, "But Lord when did I [do these things]?"

His answer, "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me".

We all know how quickly life passes, how quickly death can come. Most of us have felt that loss, a friend, a relative, a spouse. We don't know how long our lives will be, how many years we have, how many precious moments with those we love, how long we have to make our mark.

You know we're going to meet up with Jesus. That's what life is all about, our journey there and how many lives we can touch for Him along the way. It's about loving Him with all of our heart, our soul, our very being and showing that love to the world around us.

The words that I long to hear from our Savior, "Well done my good and faithful servant, welcome home!"

I challenge you to fill in the blanks with your eulogy.

----- passed away today. -----'s life was filled with -----. ----- loved to -----. Friends say that ----- had a passion for -----. -----'s life work was -----. ----- had been ill prior to passing. Friends say that ----- said, "I'm so happy that I ----- but I wish that I had -----."

I encourage you, don't let another day pass, find your passion, make your mark, write your eulogy. It's your life story, make it a best seller!

To be able to be all you can be for your life story, you must take care of all aspects of your being. Total wellness makes your life journey easier, longer and more enjoyable.

Find a way to get at least 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise at least 5 days a week. You can break it up into 3, 10 minute sessions if that fits your schedule better. I encourage you to start your day with your exercise session, it will set the mood for your day. Your endorphins (feel good hormones) will be kicking. Your circulation will be increased. Your brain will be receiving increased oxygen.

Eat real foods, fresh fruits and vegetables. Cut out or reduce your intake of fried, processed and fatty foods.

May God bless, empower and strengthen you to be all that you can be for Him!

Remember, Live Happy! Live Strong! Live out Loud!

Jennifer Jarrell
Empower
Jennifer Jarrell is a resident of Bedford County, a realtor, and a life coach and personal trainer. She inspires others through motivational speaking, nutritional, physical, and spiritual coaching, camps and group classes. You can reach her at 931-703-0667 or jjarrell@realtracs.com.