Word from the kitchen — change

Tracy Chapman wrote a song called “Change” and the lyrics have been on my mind, so I would like to share it with you —

If you knew that you would die today

saw the face of God and love

would you change?

How bad, how good does it need to get?

How many losses, how much regret? 

What chain reaction of cause and effect?

Makes you turn around

makes you try to explain

makes you forgive and forget

makes you change

makes you change…

Most of you are familiar with my story. There is nothing like a terminal disease to shake your boat and turn your world upside down! It makes you think about your priorities and believes and it definitely makes you question how you spend your time, because somehow time always catches up with us and life is shorter than we think.

I know it is a cliché, but if you could maybe just for a moment really try to imagine what it would be like if today was your last day, would you change? What would you stop doing right now and what would you rather do?

No one is getting out of this life alive! We all know it, yet some try to run from it, while others totally ignore the reality of it.

Someone once asked me what it is like to live with the sword of a terminal disease? Truth be told, I’m no different than you, we all have the same sword over our heads. Maybe I am the lucky one for realising it sooner than later?

If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow are we really living?

It reminds me of a little girl whose dad told her to sit down, but she wouldn’t, she just stood there and looked at him. Again he told her to sit down and again she just stood there. Finally the dad said — sit down or I’ll spank you! So she sat down, she looked at him and said — I just want you to know, I’m sitting down, but in my heart I’m standing up!

Now I’m not talking about that kind of attitude. Our Lord is working in our lives to change us and we need to be teachable! We need willing and eager hearts! We are lacking the urgency to do whatever it takes to grow!

I want to echo the prayer of Reinhold Niebuhr

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

They say dead men speak, I believe long after we are gone, our lives will continue to tell a story. What story is your life going to tell?


Word from the kitchen — travel light!

Dr. John Maxwell shared the following at a birthday party: ‘As I grow older I want to be known as…thoughtful rather than gifted, loving versus quick or bright, gentle versus powerful, a listener more than a great communicator, available rather than a hard worker, sacrificial instead of successful, reliable not famous, content more than driven, self-controlled rather than exciting. Generous instead of rich, compassionate more than competent…’

Oh,  how I would love to be known as thoughtful, gentle, loving, available, sacrificial, reliable, content, self-controlled, generous, compassionate and a good listener, wouldn’t you?

You know, we came into this world with nothing and when we leave one day, we won’t be able to take anything with us, yet we run around frantically trying to obtain more and more.

I think it is time to throw off the heavy baggage that we’ve been hanging onto for so long! Let’s travel light! We don’t need to have more, we need to be more! We have such a perfect example in the life of our Lord Jesus…

Someone once said that we are not earthly beings with a temporary spiritual experience, but rather spiritual being with a temporary earthly experience…

Think about it, if that is true, shouldn’t our focus be on spiritual things?