When they found the pin, it was yellowed with age. I did not care. I had achieved a long-term goal and wanted to have the accompanying authentication. I officially completed my eightieth donation to the Oklahoma Blood Institute. I became a 10-gallon donor and requested the pin that declared it to be so. The one they gave me had been around for quite some time.
So have I. When I first began donating blood, it was only in response to specific requests. I did not intentionally seek opportunities to donate. However, if I was asked, I usually donated. My blood donations were sporadic, at best. I ended up with a few T-shirts and the good feeling that comes with helping others
I sometimes tell people that the reason I give today is because of the “Nutter Butter Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies” that are in the snack area. I really enjoy eating them. I also tell people that I give because they always tell me to be sure and eat a lot for the next two days. I interpret that command literally and liberally. It is fun to “eat a lot” as a pathway to good health.
In reality, the driving force for my blood donations has nothing to do with T-shirts, cookies, or large meals. There came a time when I had skin in the game. Nancy’s mother died in 1997. During the final stage of her life, she required a large amount of blood products in order to remain alive. We were extremely grateful for countless anonymous donors who contributed to the extension of her life. Following Jane’s death, donating blood became a personal mandate for me.
That is why I have continued to give. I have been frustrated while giving, but I continue to give. I have been bruised while giving, but I continue to give. I have been overlooked while giving, but I continue to give. I have had high blood pressure and low hemoglobin, but I continue to give. I continue to give because of the power of the blood to bring healing and hope to the lives of others.
The same is true of every Christian who truly has skin in the game. We keep serving Jesus for the long haul because of the power of His blood to bring healing and hope to the lives of others. That is why we cannot and will not quit.
I love you, Earl
- This Sundays Sermon “Is Grace Enough?” Acts 15:1-21
- Family Worship and LifeGroups, Sundays at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
- Services are being posted on the church website, the church YouTube channel at FBC Weatherford Media, and on the church Facebook page at 9:00 a.m. each Sunday.