Wednesday, October 17, 2012

What Really Matters

For those who have noticed I haven't posted anything in a while. Before this little hiatus, I had posted on my blog at least once a month since its creation in 2004. At times I had felt that if I didn't give something to the people reading this that I was somehow failing. Anxiety would set in at the feeling that I needed to produce something in order to keep my friends fulfilled. But then I spend all day at work to come home to precious few hours with my family until I go to sleep and do it again. Weekends are the time where I get to know my son, raising him the best I can, and cherish every moment with my wife while trying to recover to go back to work the next week.

And then I think of Ryan Woods who is dying of cancer while medical bills rack up and his family falls into debt with the knowledge that their husband and father will soon be gone.

It makes me not feel so bad about slacking off on the blogging. The lack of posts on Facebook don't feel so far apart. The desire to create isn't anywhere as compelling as the desire to be a good husband, father, and person who shares his faith with honesty. It makes me want to do whatever I can to share the love of God with every single person I come in contact with and make my actions a testament to my desire to live by the example of Jesus. I implore everyone who reads this to put down the gadgets, unplug from the internet more often, connect with real people in person, and make your family a priority. Engage people in ways that will make a difference in your community. Find local places to volunteer that really need the help. Share your talents and gifts in ways that will inspire without the expectation of payment. Live a life that points to God instead of you.

Now go give to Ryan Woods' family to alleviate the crushing medical bills. Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute from The Office) has a website called SoulPancake to share inspiring things and talk about spiritual topics. He has taken up Ryan's story to encourage others facing death and is giving his influence to try to help ease the Woods' financial burden. Go here and give what you can.

Through Soul Pancake, Justin Baldoni has created this little documentary to share Ryan's story: