When I was in the hospital and had surgery last August, David Nix, a volunteer with a group at Scott & White Hospital came by and explained to me what was going to be happening, what to expect after the surgery, the pain, and how important it was to do the therapy needed to get going again. He had open heart surgery years ago and he knew what the patient goes through.
Mr. Nix had his grandson with him the day he was visiting me. They were prepping me and that's when he was telling me what to expect. A few days after my surgery, Mr. Nix came to visit me and said his grandson had asked about Mr. Suggs. He asked if he called his grandson would I talk to him and I did. I thanked him for coming and told him that I was doing well. I thought this was special and have always remembered this young man.
Imagine my surprise a couple of weeks ago when the doorbell rang and there at the door was David, Noah and Noah's big sister. They had been in Llano and since Cherokee was close, they decided to come by to see me. Now, this may not seem like much to you, but it meant a great deal!
Many times today our young people are seen as selfish and self absorbed. It was refreshing to see a young man who had cared about me and my health. He could have come to the hospital, visited with granddad and not had another thought about the man having surgery.
Whether one is young or old or anywhere in between, we are taught by God that we ought to care for other people. One of the ways we are taught this is by the example of Jesus. Did He care about people? Yes. When the multitudes were hungry He fed them, 5,000 on one occasion and 4,000 on another. (Mark 6,8) When someone was sick, he took time to heal them of their disease as he did Peter's mother-in-law in Matthew 8. He opened the eyes of the blind (John 9) and made the lame to walk again (Matthew 9).
Years ago a man named Larry West spoke to our congregation and made the observation that people "don't care how much you know until they know how much you care." This is a truth I have seen in my life and I know has been evidenced in yours as well.
Everyone wants to think that someone cares about them. Today, think of someone that needs encouragement and make a visit, or a call, or send an email or text and show people that you care.
Thank you Noah. What a positive example you are.