Redeeming the Time
|Ryan Scott Prudhomme, 1986-2013|
"Redeeming the time." This phrase has been bouncing around in my brain all day. The years we are allotted in this world are brief and swift-moving. It's easy to get caught up in the dizzying array of time wasters available. It's equally easy to forget the most vital things: faith, family, others. Selfishly, I want my life to count. I desire significance.
I am a member of the new group, Kansas Women Bloggers (http://kansaswomenbloggers.com/). The theme for April is "Making the World a Better Place to Be and Blog." This made me think about what I'm trying to do with my own blog and ministry. I want to encourage women to live out their big dreams, the ones that God has placed in their hearts. The ones they are afraid to speak out loud.
And I'm not just talking about it. I'm paying (and praying) it forward. The young woman with the passion for blogging, the two brave breast cancer warriors, the student with the gift of music, and the new Christian with a servant's heart are the dreamers I am partnering with to seek God's will for their lives. I don't have all the answers, but I am willing to spend the time in prayer and study. It is my privilege to mentor these talented women.
One of my heroes of the faith went to be with Jesus this morning. The Hubster and I met Ryan Prudhomme in a Cancer Treatment Centers of America limo on the way to the airport. His wide grin and youthful vigor disarmed me. We exchanged cancer stories and he shared his passion for Christ and people. A real live cowboy, Ryan spent his time, when he was not receiving cancer treatment for liver/bile duct cancer, running a youth camp and speaking to groups about reaching the lost with love.
Since that meeting, The Hubster and I have become more intentional about sharing our faith, mentoring and moving forward in our respective ministries. Thank you, Ryan, for making a difference in the lives of so many you didn't even realize you touched. Your spirit will continue to inhabit those folks, as well as Kendra, your beautiful wife and best friend, and Colton, your beloved son. Rest now, brave warrior, and well done, thou good and faithful servant.
Female in Motion Health Update: I was all ready to start my final week of radiation treatments this morning, but when I got there the techs said the blisters under my arm looked pretty bad, so I saw the doctor. I am allergic to the cream they usually prescribe, so he recommended "air" and bedrest. That means I am at home, in bed, curtains drawn, with my shirt and bra off...and the heat cranked up. Please keep me in your prayers!
"Discovering God’s will leads us to release and risk…releasing the familiar and risking whatever the future may bring."—Chuck Swindoll