Yesterday I missed Teacher Appreciation Day, so I will have to combine it with today’s special day: National Nurses Day. Our teachers and nurses have always been on the front lines, busting their butts everyday for our children and our sick. COVID-19 has tested both these superheroes, and they have both shown the world just how amazing they are. Teachers, like my daughter’s third grade teacher, who quickly adjusted to having to teach virtually, and personally made a trip to every one of his student’s homes just to tell them how much he missed them. This was our daughter’s first male teacher, and I have never seen a teacher pour so much into his students. He challenged and pushed our daughter to new academic heights, and athletic milestones as he helped Coach a running club and a golf club for his grade level. It is teacher’s like Mr. Parker from Richmond Hill Elementary that give this country hope. And that’s why we celebrated our amazing teachers yesterday.
Today, we celebrate the backbone of the medical world. Nurses every where are facing daunting tasks every single day. They are caring and loving on stranger after stranger, hoping the next one will be a survivor, never giving up on their patients until they are pulled away by Doctors and tasked with moving to the next soul that they will fight for until victory or defeat. How numb some of these mighty warriors must be in this season where the sick keep coming, and the dead keep growing. But nurses never quit, they keep caring and keep working. They are one of the most noblest professions, and I am beyond honored to be married to one.
There is a King, a King who loves and blesses these humble heroes. He loves His teachers and nurses, because He knows their struggles. He is one of them, after all, the Teacher and Healer.
11While the man held on to Peter and John, all the people were astonished and came running to them in the place called Solomon’s Colonnade. 12When Peter saw this, he said to them: “Fellow Israelites, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? 13The God of Abraham, Isacc and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus. You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go. 14You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. 15You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this. 16By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see.” (Acts 3:11-16)
When I was younger and more naive, I used to read passages like the one above and be glad I was not Jewish. Peter laid the smackdown on the Jewish crowd that day.
“You handed Him over to be killed…”
“You disowned the Holy and Righteous One…”
“YOU killed the author of life…”
Phew, good thing I’m not Jewish…
His blood is on my hands every single day.
Every day I live a life wrapped around sin, I am just as guilty as the Jews in Jerusalem the day Jesus died. If I’m not living a life filled with compassion for others, I might as well be the one to flog the back of my Redeemer. If I am not giving God and Jesus at least ten percent of my day, earnings, attention; I might as well be the one to spit in His face. If I spend all my free time in worldly distractions, never opening my Bible; I might as well be the one pushing that crown of thorns deep into His brow. If I am not doing all I can to help those in need, I might as well be the one driving those nails through flesh and bones.
And that guilt, that blood, is on the hands of every Christian that goes about living their lives as if the fate of humanity did not rest in this generation. If we are not the generation to light a fire of revival that burns throughout this world, then we are all guilty of standing at the foot of the cross while our Savior hangs from a tree.
Reading plan: Acts 6
Deeper reading plan: Nehemiah 1, 2
Prayer and meditation: Pray for the sick, pray for the lost and their loved ones. Pray for redemption for this lost world. Pray for a reviving rattle to shake COVID off this planet. And continue to pray for all those in medical professions, grocery stores, supply chain operators, first responders, and the amazing teachers still doing all they can to teach the students they love so much. Pray for the businesses fighting for survival and all the associates that have been out of work since this crisis began.
Fitness challenge: Calisthenics day. We are going to reset and do seven different exercises for just fourteen reps. Today we are going to add a second set.
- Hand-release Push-up
- Jumping squats
- Diamond push-ups
- Supine Bicycle (4-count)
- Pistol squats (7 each leg)
- Burpees (as many as you can, but 14 is the goal)