We talk about Put People First alot at Simmone because building strong relationships through food is where we find our purpose. But do we really understand what it looks like to walk it? What does Put People First really mean?
New Year’s Day is a time when we try to start over, to do the things we said we would do (or not do) last year. It is always important to fix our faults of the past year and become a better person. It is good for us to consider the things upon which we need to improve.
Without pruning, the results of your efforts will be average. Not average compared to other people; average compared to who you could be or what you could do - average compared to your own potential…
Endings can be painful and at times, highly emotional when they involve other people. But endings are a part of life. When done well, endings often lead us into seasons of growth and new beginnings that we can’t experience until we do the challenging and messy, but necessary work of endings.
It is with much hesitation that we publish this article. We hesitate because we know that the pain is so very real and so acute. Still, with hesitation, we offer it to you because every suicide prevention training that we have had says, “LET’S TALK ABOUT SUICIDE.”
At the end of the article is the true story of one from our own community. It is the story of a SUICIDE SURVIVOR…not a survivor of an attempted suicide, which is different. This person has had two people very, very close to her that took their own lives. So, only read that story with a warning.
Her message is that only God has gotten her through this, and if you are considering suicide…PLEASE, LET’S TALK ABOUT IT.
"Treat others the way you would like to be treated." Matthew 7:12
My husband, Alston, had been in the hospital for two weeks of what would become a 57-day hospitalization. It was an emotional day because we thought we would be to the point of moving into a rehabilitation hospital, but it was not so. I took some time to reflect on the two weeks that had gone by and realized I was struggling with a concept that was somewhat foreign to me...receiving help. A major part of my life had consisted of being in the role of helper and I was very much comfortable with that role. But things change when you’re in a hospital setting and you really do need help.
I had the chance to go to Mount Magazine a few weeks ago while on a retreat. I sat on a ledge overlooking just an incredible view of the valley below and the Ouachita Mountains to the south. The wind was howling, but the sun was shining. I saw what I thought was an eagle soaring majestically at eye level coming down the ridge. My mind went to Isaiah 40:31, “Those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles…” Wow! I thought, what a neat God moment. I watched as he came near me with absolute grace. And then I realized it was a buzzard. He passed me and then circled. And he kept circling right above me...pretty soon four of his friends showed up. I did shower that week, so I was fairly certain it wasn’t me they were smelling. At least I hoped not.
A couple of years ago Simmons chaplains all got new jackets with the Simmons logo and my name, Chaplain Larry, embroidered on it. It is a nice jacket that comes with a story. A story that may or may not involve a robbery.
OK, it does...
My wife and I enjoyed the Winter Olympics. It is amazing what unusual feats each one accomplished in their own event. Just look at the accomplishments made by some U. S. Olympic team members...