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Locked Inside A Freezer At Work

When you get really busy with all the responsibilities of your day or week how do you deal with it – or maybe I should ask how does it deal with you?  Are you a To-Do List Ninja multitasking and slashing through tasks like nobody else can?  Do you keep your head down, nose to the grindstone, laser-focused on the tasks before you?  No?  Or maybe that’s just me.  At times it can be almost addictive to check off all those boxes.  If I’m not careful when I’m in that mode people around me can seem to fade into the background and I fail to spend those few moments that mean so much in maintaining relationships.  I don’t mean to, but too often I do.  Simple connections mean a lot.  In fact, that can mean the difference between life and death.  I found a short article on the net recently that illustrates what I’m talking about…..

A lady worked at a meat distribution factory. One day, when she finished with her work schedule, she went into the meat cold room (freezer) to inspect something, but in a moment of misfortune, the door closed and she was locked inside with no help in sight. Although she screamed and knocked with all her might, her cries went unheard. Most of the workers had already gone, and outside the cold room it's impossible to hear what was going on inside. Five hours later, as she was on the verge of death, the security guard of the factory eventually opened the door. She was miraculously saved from dying that day. When she later asked the security guard how he had come to open the door, which wasn't his usual work routine.

His explanation: "I've been working in this factory for 35 years, hundreds of workers come in and out every day, but you're one of the few who greet me in the morning and say goodbye to me every night when leaving after work. Many treat me as if I'm invisible.  Today, as you reported for work, like all other days, you greeted me in your simple manner 'Hello'. But this evening after working hours, I curiously observed that I had not heard your "Bye, see you tomorrow". Hence, I decided to check around the factory. I look forward to your 'hi' and 'bye' every day because they remind me that I am someone. By not hearing your farewell today, I knew something had happened. That's why I was searching everywhere for you."

As I said, simple acts of connection can be the difference between life and death.  Everybody needs to be reminded that they are someone!  That they are not invisible; that they matter to someone else! 

As Thanksgiving approaches I am thankful for EVERY “somebody” in my life, including you!  In those moments when I get caught up in to do lists and “stirring pots” I hope you will forgive me.  Hi, I’m Kevin.  I’m a recovering To-Do List Ninja.  And I see you.  Thanks for being somebody in my life.  Do you have any “somebody’s” in your life with whom you need to reconnect today?

For The Only Cause That Matters,
Kevin McKinney
Sr. Pastor

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I must have rewritten this blog about five times by now.  All on different topics, all things that are going on in my life or the world around us.  But none of them felt right…..

So instead, this is probably going to be the shortest blog ever.  Why?  Because I am in a season right now where I feel God is calling me to slow down, relax, rest in Him.  And I can’t help but wonder if this is something we could all benefit from, especially with the holidays quickly approaching.  So instead of listening to me ramble on about something I think you might like to hear, how about instead we take several moments together and just be, be in God’s presence, forgetting all we have to do, or who to be, just focusing on Him and the amazing love He has given to all of us. 

I’m serious… 5 minutes, put your electronic device down… (and here are some things to focus on if needed):

-Focus just on breathing, thank God that you are breathing and that he continues to give you breath.

-Focus on the amazing job God did with creation, the world around us is lovely and often times can be forgotten because of so many distractions in our daily lives.

-Focus on the many blessings in your life, we all can find an abundance of wonderful things going on in our lives, if we take time to  look for them. 

Matthew 11:28-30
"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”  (MSG)

Lorie Richards
Multi-Media Coordinator

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