Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Nick's Chaplain Blog: "Legacy"

It has been far too long since I put a post from our company's chaplain blog that Nick often writes.  I am picking up where I left off and this post was written in January 2013.  Also, in October, Nick compiled all of the devotions that were written for the blog and made a book.  It is awesome.  I am so proud of him!

January 7, 2013 ~ "Legacy"
CHAPLAIN NICK BRASCHLER
Nick.Braschler@simfoods.com

“ Thorough examination will do the healthy no harm, and it may bless the sick.”
~ Charles H. Spurgeon

For me, this quote is less about a medical examination - it speaks about an examination of the soul...the life. I have thought a lot about those words since serving as Chaplain for Simmons the last few years. I find myself in situations with people almost every day where they are in a position, whether by choice or crisis, to examine what is really important in life.

I could tell countless stories of being at the bedside of those who knew their time on this earth was down to a matter of days, sometimes hours. If you have ever had a conversation like this with someone, you know exactly what I’m talking about. It is a humbling experience to be with a person whose entire life is behind them and to listen as they reflect on life.


For those of us who are not in this position, who have life ahead of us to be lived, we can learn much from these experiences. First, I think it affords us the chance to place ourselves for a moment in their shoes and question, “Have I lived, invested, and loved the things/people that truly matter?” I’ve had many conversations that are riddled with regrets, and feelings that there would be more time to iron out the wrinkles of life. Some are afforded this time - some are not.

Second, I think we are reminded that of all the things that can be avoided in life, death is not one of them. I don’t know about you, but I want whatever time I am given to have mattered. I want my funeral to be filled with people – whose lives were positively impacted by me being a part of it somehow. I don’t believe you have to be a chaplain or pastor to do this either. I think right where you are now: work, home, community – you have the opportunity to leave a positive and meaningful legacy.

For some, your legacy has been in the works for many years. For other, that legacy begins today. How do you want to be remembered? What kind of legacy are you leaving? Take time today and examine your life. Invest more time on the things that feed this legacy. Get rid of the things that damage it. Think of those in your life who have positively impacted you greatly: What is it about them that you wish to see in yourself?

REFLECTION:

The New Year is a time for us to reflect on the year(s) past, and look forward to the person we want to be. I want to challenge you, as you are setting goals and planning for this new year, to begin with the end in mind.

What do you want your life, relationships, job...to look like at the end of 2013? (or how about 2014 in our case?)

In what ways do you wish to grow this year (spiritually, relationally, intellectually)?


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

What's on my mind today...

This has been a banner winter weather week.  My dear friend Amber and I love winter weather and we have sure gotten a good taste of it this week!!

Caleb and I got to go for pizza for lunch this week because Daddy has been in Canada.  Last week I was planning on taking him since Nick had a meeting and found out he had been hitting that morning.  So I had to leave him there.  I cried.  Bothered mom more than him.  But we made up for it today!

I found a website to watch Downton Abbey episodes.  simplyjune.org.  I watched the first season when it was on netflix and then it was gone and I have been wanting to watch the other seasons!  Been a great thing while Nick has been out of town.

I read the first book in the Divergent series last week.  It was great!  I will hopefully start the next one soon.  My SIL Robyn and I are reading it and then going to have a girls' night out for her birthday to watch the movie in March!

My fingernails are the best they've ever looked (minus the three that I accidentally chewed a little).  These prenatal vitamins are magic for my nails!

Lately, I have been loving Biffs coffee in amaretto flavor.  Kind of an almond-y taste.  Mmmm!  And I looked at the label the other day and it is made in Arkansas!

My sister Julie and her hubby Aaron and their sweet girl Zoey are coming to visit this weekend!  We are very excited!!  And on Saturday night we are going to NWA Healthy Marriages Valentine dinner event.  It is free!  Looking forward to it.

I had a doctor appointment today.  My glucose test.  Thankfully, I passed and they said my iron and blood pressure were great too!  Also, got to hear baby girl's heartbeat.  Doc said it was strong and sounded so good.  Music to my ears.  We are 26 weeks tomorrow.  And I haven't done a thing to her room.  Poor second child.

Caleb's favorite song in the car lately is #1 on the Little Big Town album.  He asks for it every car ride.  We sing Jesus Loves Me just about every night and just recently he started to do the actions with me.  For awhile I thought he was totally disinterested in the song, but it warmed my heart when he did the actions the first time.  :)  And knew all the words.

Most weeks I feel like I can just barely do the basics around the house: dishes and laundry.  And when I say dishes, I don't mean the bigger pans and cookie sheets that you have to wash by hand.  Those pile up until I can't fit any more in the sink and do a huge pan washing.  And clothes are lucky to even get folded, let alone put away.  I'm trying to get better.  Sometimes I'm successful.  :)

Saturdays are my favorite days.  Mornings are unhurried and productive.  I do my best work in the mornings, so when there is only one of those days at home (because Sundays we're at church), I try to soak it up.  And I usually try to make breakfast.  Breakfast is my favorite meal.  Normally it is just a boring breakfast bar during the week at work and sometimes a smoothie if I get up early enough to make one.  My favorite breakfasts are biscuits and gravy or hashbrowns and anything.  Pancakes are good too.  Who else is hungry for breakfast tonight? mmm...

Caleb and I are going to our friends' house for dinner.  It is a sweet family with 3 kiddos that goes to our church.  We love them.  And she just texted me that she is so glad we can be comfortable "weeknight" friends - where you don't have to clean your house up for each other to come over.  :)  I love that.  That is how it should be.

We had a fun superbowl party (notice I didn't say game?  Because that was pretty sad.  But I am still a loyal fan, always will be) with friends.  And delicious food.  Like cheese dip and guacamole and ham and cheese sandwiches and bacon wrapped goodness.

Snow days should be for sweatpants and book-reading.  Not working.  Too bad that is not reality for us.

Friday I get to have lunch with Robyn.  I am excited because we don't usually get to go out for lunch since we're in different towns, but she will be in Siloam on Friday so it works out perfectly!

I know it has been so long since I posted.  I even have a Christmas post all typed out, I just haven't added pictures.  Because they're all on my phone.  Something about trying to download too many pictures from my phone tires me out.  haha.  First world problems.

I also haven't mailed pictures of Caleb to the grandparents - pictures that were taken last spring.  Yikes.  That is pretty bad.  And I was supposed to mail my Grandma a calendar from a flower shop in town.  She emailed me the other day asking about it.  Oops.  I still haven't done it.  :(  Maybe she will get it before February is over?

Pretty soon Nick and I get to go on a weekend getaway.  I am so excited.  Maybe to Big Cedar Lodge?  I can't wait.

Ok, this is long enough.  Until next time...  :)