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Topic: SNOOZE (07/20/17)
- TITLE: Wake Up Call
By LaRue Kendrick
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â€œOh no, not yet.â€ Sandy groaned as she picked up her phone on the nightstand by the bed to shut off the noise. â€œJust a little longer, please. I need more sleep.â€ This seemed to be her morning habit these days. â€œHow had she slipped into it,â€ she wondered, as she drifted back to sleep.
Later after she drug herself out of bed, showered, dressed and grabbed a banana and piece of toast for breakfast she pulled into work just a few minutes late. â€œOh well,â€ she thought. Itâ€™s only a job, and I deserve to have a life, donâ€™t I?â€
As she began working with her physical therapy patients, she knew she should give Mr. Dodds a longer massage for his aching back, but her hands were cramping so she simply told him, â€œThatâ€™s it for today, Mr. Dodds. Iâ€™ll see you back in three days, ok?â€ He mumbled something as he painfully rose from her PT couch. She didnâ€™t understand what he said but didnâ€™t really care enough to ask him to repeat it.
At lunch, she and two co-workers went to the hospital cafeteria to sit and chat while they ate whatever the special was. The special had way more calories than she should consume for one meal. Her buddies declined and went for salads, but the beef gravy, noodles and mashed potatoes looked too good to pass up, so she had it anyway. Her guilt trip would hit her when she got back to work and was so full she was miserable and sleepy.
By Sunday morning, she was tempted to not even set an alarm and just sleep all morning. Her conscious wouldnâ€™t let her do that though. She got up, making it to church late, as usual, and sat in the back row. She wasnâ€™t feeling very spiritual or satisfied to be where she was, either in church or in her life.
â€œWhat was that the Pastor just said?â€ Did he use her name, or did it just seem that way?
He had said, "We each need to give God our best because He gave us His best when He sent Jesus to be our savior and friend. In fact, God always gives us His best in everything, always.â€
Now Sandy was wide awake. Was this what was missing in her life? She knew in her heart of hearts that she wasnâ€™t giving her best to anything in her life. Not work, not eating right, not exercising, not her prayer life or her Bible time. In fact, she sensed that she was sitting on the side lines of life, just letting the fullness that God had for her slip away. She was not really, fully living. She had been living her life as though she were half asleep all the time.
Right then and there, she bowed her head and prayed for forgiveness that she had been doing a very poor job of living the life God had given her and asked for His help to wake up and live right in every part of her life. As she walked out of church, the birds were singing more sweetly, the sky was a bluer blue. Climbing into her car, she said out loud to herself, â€œI am going to be a new person, a better person, starting right now, with Godâ€™s help, of course.â€
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