Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power – “Have to,” or “Get to?”

Welcome to Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power. Thanks so much for stopping by. Grab your coffee or your favorite beverage, and let’s go spend a few minutes together.

Wow! What a humbling weekend. I don’t think I can ever look at exercise as a “have to” anymore. On Saturday, my husband and I participated in a fundraiser for a very special organization called Salem Christian Homes, which is an organization that takes care of mentally/physically handicapped people. When I say “takes care of,” what I really mean is they truly care for and watch over these incredible people.

Well, the fundraiser was called Run, Walk or Roll, and it was a 5k, aka, seven times around the park. I was happy to be a part of it. I had no idea it would touch me like it did and then again, I had no idea that the residents themselves were also going to participate. But as they called everyone to the starting line, there they all stood or sat, behind the runners, smiles on their faces, excitement oozing from their very beings. It was powerfully humbling. On your mark, get set, get ready, GO!!!

Off I went at my own pace, holding on to a double leash that was attached to Sparky and Baraka. That’s right, our dogs even participated. After all, they needed some exercise too and they were showing their support for our special friend Tim! Only problem was halfway into the third lap, I realized I was pulling them more than leading them, so I caught up with my husband to hand them off to him. I know that made them happy because he was walking.

Free from the leash, I finished my remaining laps, and when I crossed the finish line, I burst out in tears, overwhelmed by humility as I watched all the Salem residents happily participating in this fundraiser for them! There were people being pushed in wheelchairs, many residents stricken with Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, severe scoliosis, to name a few handicaps, all participating because of a loving family member or Salem worker who accompanied each one of them if they needed to be assisted.

Every one of them went all the way around not once, not even twice, but all seven times to the finish line! What a sweet victory for them, and a huge piece of humble pie for all of us. Here they were, participating in this event with smiles on their face, a joy radiating from their very being. Not once did I hear what I might have said otherwise, like, “My knee hurts,” or “My back hurts,” or “I’m tired.” No, this was a “get to” for them, not a “have to.” I don’t think I can ever look at exercising as a “have to” anymore.

So then on Sunday, I received another piece of humble pie, but a bit sweeter, a bit quieter. We had a couple friends over for dinner and they brought over their friend that we had all prayed for just a couple of months ago. Her story is tragic and yet when I saw her, I was amazed by the power of prayer. See, this person was involved in a bad hit-and-run accident, ejected from her vehicle and left to die. But she didn’t die. In fact, she didn’t even lose consciousness! However, she did, after a series of surgeries, lose a leg! So here she was in my home with the friends who had asked us to pray for her, and we all had dinner together.

She’s a beautiful 30-year-old with a determination and passion for life that is seldom seen. I marveled as she talked about always being the last one out in a fire drill – she’s a teacher for a medical assistant program — because people tend to forget about her handicap, and how she has to Velcro her sandals onto her prosthesis. She had us all laughing. What a gift she has, to make others comfortable in HER uncomfortable situation.

She shared with us that she’s going to do the 5k sponsored by Avon, and that she was also getting a personal trainer for the gym so she could work out conjointly with physical therapy. Her goal, to walk without a limp so others quit starring!

Again, I was humbled by her determination and her attitude which pounded in me a perspective. Whatever I do that I think I don’t want to, maybe I should just stop and say: “It’s a get to, not a have to!” Thank you, Salem, thank you, Jaime, thanking God for the gift of all of you!

Make it a great day and be sure to tune in at 1:00 with us for our Kiss Dating Good-bye show. Today’s segment is entitled “Courting came first.” Whether you’re single, married, or dating, I’m sure there will be something you can store in your heart. Just click this link:



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9 Responses to “Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power – “Have to,” or “Get to?””

  1. Susie says:

    WOW, this brought tears to my eyes….just picturing in my mind what you saw on Saturday. I thank God for those humbling times in our lives, it puts that check in our spirit to worship God with thanksgiving for all His blessings!! The challenge in life…to be determined and purpose in our hearts to over come obstacles of any kind and to remain humble and loving.
    Thanks for this post today, I needed to read this:0) God bless you!

  2. Gail says:

    I love when God touches our heart to the core of our being. What an awesome life lesson and I thank you for sharing.

  3. Gay Hardy says:

    That must have been a life changing day for you…we have so little to complain about!!

    Thank you so much for being transparent with all of us, you are a sweet spirit and I love that you cry at the drop of a pin!! You are a blessing to me, Peanut…

    Jesus loves you so much…

  4. Sherrie says:

    Thanks for the reminder of the daily gifts I have that I often take for granted. Health, function, ablility to go to work and take care of myself. All by the grace and mercy of God our Blessed Father. 🙂

  5. Lee T says:

    At almost every blessing of a meal for my husband and me, I thank Him for our love, our energy and our good health and all else that He provides for us.
    Every Monday I look around and see our Veterans and their afflictions and it makes my day to be able to help them. My problems are small, my ailments even smaller. Thanks for the reminders in your blogs.

  6. admin says:

    Oh what an inspiration you are! You really make me want to be a better me.

  7. admin says:

    Thank you for your humility!

  8. admin says:

    Thank you for complimenting what I don’t like about me, that I cry easily!!!! Funny that that should bless others. Now I have a different perspective! THANK YOU!

  9. Gay Hardy says:

    Oh, don’t ever try to hold those tears in, it’s therapy in itself…..we must shed our tears, and to think, we will no longer cry in heaven, well at least painful tears, I believe we will cry happy tears with Jesus!!!