I know someone that’s in some pretty deep shit. Dealing with cancer and a couple tumors in his brain and he can’t work, can’t get the doctors/hospitals to do anything yet (no insurance), and today to top it all off, his wife left him. Worst of all, his disability is months and months behind getting started so he doesn’t have a dime to his name.
I’m saying this for two reasons: One, if you’re the praying type, put in a good word for him. He needs it. Two, if you think you’ve got problems, you probably don’t. Be grateful. Start making a list of all the things you should be grateful for, and start finding ways to help those in need.
Danah and I are doing a couple things to help this guy and it’s impossible to describe how good it feels. (You know how it feels when God comes into the room with you, puts his arm around you, and warms your heart, and you can just feel how pleased He is with you? Yeah, that’s how it feels.)
Anyway, this man, who spent a long time in prison, said he’s never had anyone care about him or try to help him. And he said this with tears in his eyes and I know it’s true. Can you imagine being in your 50s and honestly being able to say that?
People, please, for the love of God, try to help those around you. There’s a lot of hurting people out there and their problems make your problems seem so irrelevant. Ignore their tattoos and don’t judge them. Show them some damn love expecting nothing in return, just knowing that this is what God said we should do.
And while you’re at it, tell your spouse and friends you love them. Slow the hell down and appreciate some of the blessings in your life. And then spread some joy and some of your blessings with those in need.
Stan R. Mitchell
Oak Ridge, Tenn.
P.S. Please accept the greatest gift I can give.
P.P.S. Thanks to all who continue to make my novels a success. I seriously couldn’t have done it with everyone’s support. I’m excited to say that Little Man, and the Dixon County War has gone as high as No. 16 on the Amazon UK Paid List (see here and here). My second novel, Sold Out, has also done well, going as high as No. 81 on the Amazon Paid List for the category of War (see here and here). Learn more about both books here.