You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. GALATIANS 5:13
I will never forget the day when I was driving with Vicki Heath to look at a conference center where we planned to have a Wellness Retreat. The conference center was about halfway between Charleston, South Carolina, where Vicki lives, and Savannah, Georgia.
Vicki was driving when my cell phone rang. The call was from our precious daughter-in-love (law), Lisa, telling me that her dad, George Gerdes, had died. George was only 71 years old. He had died from an abdominal aneurysm.
We were all in shock; George had not been sick, and he was driving home from work when the aneurysm struck. I flew home immediately, and we all pitched in to help plan the service and the dinner afterward at the church.
Lisa and I both lead First Place 4 Health classes at noon on Tuesdays at Houston’s First Baptist Church, and I was really trying to lose weight that session. Anyone who knows me knows that sweets are my downfall, and that stressful day at the luncheon was no different. I was standing at the dessert table, looking at a piece of Italian Cream Cake, when I heard a voice behind me say, “Step away from the cake!”
Lisa had lowered her voice to sound like a stern police officer, and we both had a good laugh. Our family helped to serve Lisa’s family in love during this sad time, and Lisa had served me in love when that piece of cake was tempting me.
We are always better together. God didn’t intend for us to go through life living like the Lone Ranger. He designed us to work in a community to serve one another in love. Remember, one kind deed is worth many kind thoughts.
Action Item: Is there someone you know who needs a kind word or a kind act today? God will surely bless you if you serve that person in love.
First Place for Health National Director Emeritus