A few years ago my family was fixing to head to our favorite camping spot for Labor Day weekend. Out of excitement with the thought of our adventure I scrambled around the house to take care of last minute things before leaving.
In the midst of my hustle and bustle my little seizure filled Yorkie (Eli) ended up under my feet and I tripped over him. He rolled, must’ve bonked his poor noggin and went straight into a seizure. A very loooong seizure — one that sent me into a panic and directly to the phone to call our vet clinic.
“Red Willow Animal Clinic, how may I help you?” the woman on the other end began.
“I just kicked my dog!!!!! …And now he’s having a really bad seizure!!” I explained hysterically.
There was a “paws” before the woman on the other end of the line instructed me on what to do and set up an appointment for the next week to get Eli in for x-rays of his neck area.
Side note: Every time Eli’s neck gets jarred just right it sends him straight into a seizure but normally they don’t last that long.
After I hung up with the vet clinic’s receptionist it occurred to me how I had incorrectly explained the scenario with my poor dog…great grief I just told her I kicked my dog…seriously?!…my family wasn’t at all surprised because they’ve grown use to my unfailing ability of impatience and not thinking before I speak.
In the time since that phone call I’ve thought about how extremely important it is to convey messages and communicate well.
The words we see, hear and speak matter for proper communication and relationship building to happen.
Right now we can check out any news channel, internet, or social media and fill up on “information” but a lot of what’s out there is only out there to get us hyped up and to draw negative attention..we sometimes count too much on people’s words or what’s happening in our world, maybe lately we’re tuning in to check out coronavirus numbers, are they up…down..but most of what we find on the news is presented in a worldly way…not in a way that brings a feeling of peace or eases our feelings.
The most reliable source for gaining peace and direction is by going to God’s word…It always has been, it is right now, and always will be.
Jesus prayed to His Heavenly Father in John 17:17, “sanctify them by the truth, your word is truth.”
The bottom line is that if we want to fuel up on healthy, accurate information we have to get into our Bibles. Once we start gaining wisdom, insight, and knowledge from there we’ll have a desire to pass that information on…posting and circulating that on social media, or through conversations, etc and that’s how we can win people to God for His glory.
When I called Dr Wayne’s office about my dog and inaccurately described the scenario it was because I was wrapped up in busyness in that moment…I needed to slow down..this time of dealing with coronavirus is the perfect time for us to slow down, get into our Bibles and gather accurate information to bring peace within ourselves and to share the “good news” or the “best news ever” with others!
I want to challenge you to go and post your favorite Bible verse on social media today — get that on your newsfeed for others to see and talk about and maybe even ask about. It might just make a great conversation starter, one that is guaranteed to be accurate.
Blessings to you all!! Stay healthy!