I know life is not fair. I know that all of us are not entitled to the same things in life.
But when I think of those things, I tend to think in terms of material things – houses, vacation homes, cars, recreational opportunities, etc.
Access to affordable health care should not be one of those things people are excluded from. Affordable health care should not be relegated to those whose employers pay substantially more for health care for their employees. Heck, affordable health care should be just that – affordable – regardless of your health insurance status.
Our health care system is broken. And it seems the people who don’t understand this are those that currently have health insurance that makes their health care affordable to them.
Try being the person who spends a week’s paycheck on one doctor visit – plus another week’s paycheck on any tests, blood work, biopsies, etc. that may be needed.
Try being the person who forgoes preventive or well care visits because those costs may be the difference in what foods are purchased that week.
And any of us can be in these situations. In 2010, even when employed but with no health insurance, I avoided going to get checked out because of my fear of the costs associated with it. Because I knew paying my mortgage and having a home was necessary also.
Those are not the types of choices we should be forced to make.
Our health care system is broken. And it seems more are interested in keeping it that way than are interested in acknowledging that and finding a solution to fix it.
We got to share our everyday life with a good friend this weekend!
Here are some very random photos from a recent weekend in Savannah, Georgia. Our first visit but we will certainly be back!
A few photos from the past week:
Late evening at Mexico Beach, Florida. Fall and Winter sunsets can be so crisp and interesting!
How does that saying go? …The best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry?
While our plans haven’t necessarily gone awry, they certainly haven’t gone exactly as thought!
Good news for our financial health! Some friends and peers from my previous career offered me a job in Panama City, Florida beginning the end of August! I accepted and that means Cyndi and I are packing and moving in the next few days! Loading a truck tomorrow and will store our belongings in the area. Hoping to find a short-term rental (off-season) in Mexico Beach where we can at least enjoy the transition! Excited for the opportunity!
We will still continue to serve at City Church Tallahassee each week. Down side is that it doesn’t appear that we will get to participate in community groups (Panama City is located in Central Time Zone, Tallahassee in Eastern Time Zone – making it really difficult to get there in time!). Of all the things I’ve had the opportunity to do at City Church, community groups have brought me some of the most satisfaction.
Random happening this morning – two young deer were trapped in our neighbor’s back yard this morning. Easier said than done trying to show them where the gate was for an easy exit. Twenty minutes later they finally were able to push the fence up far enough to crawl through – they had no desire to go the easy way I wanted them to go!
Excited for Cyndi as she sold an item from her Etsy store this weekend! You can check it out here: SeaEverything. It’s says I’m the owner but all the stuff is hers!
Also shipped some things from All Tide Up to a friend who will rep the items as he performs his original music in Panama City Beach!
Oh, and did I mention there is a storm that is expected to become a hurricane that could be in Central Florida by early next week?! Never a dull moment in our lives!
I really want to spend a few days with Cyndi back here again soon!
Just because it’s where I want to be!
Here are a few shots of our last morning at Mexico Beach last week. Cyndi and I got up pretty early to see the sunrise and just enjoy the stillness of the morning!
I never get tired of these views or the opportunities to walk along the beach to enjoy them! Life is more than good to us!
We had a wonderful time at Mexico Beach, Florida for Memorial Day weekend! The weather was gorgeous. The water was just right. And as always, the sunsets and photo opportunities didn’t disappoint! Thankful for a place to stay as we travel to Northwest Florida and extra glad our kids (who aren’t really kids anymore) like to spend time with us! Several days of kayaking. Hours and hours of walking. Picking up sea shells. Talking to random strangers. Having conversations that don’t always take place. It was a good weekend!
Here are a few shots of our time away:
On our trip home, we lingered for a while in Apalachicola, Florida – got to see things like the sailboat above as it entered the Apalachicola River. We watched pelicans dive bomb for food and dolphins swimming under the bridge. Lots of interesting sights – and not ones we get to see everyday – at least not in Central Florida!
Until next time!
Cyndi and I are headed to Mexico Beach, Florida tomorrow afternoon. This view is what we’re hoping our evenings will be like for a few days!
Some random thoughts:
1. We’ve been walking for 12 straight days! Three miles in the morning and three miles in the evening! Great time to spend with my wife!
2. I calculated this week that we have spent about 25 days (24 hour days) commuting from Inverness to Tallahassee the past 18 months. Knowing that this was what God intended for us in this season of life has helped with the fatigue and stress that creeps in. Knowing He has a plan for our future keeps us going! Waiting for Him to reveal that plan!
3. Leadership is/can be hard. If it was easy, everyone would be a leader. Leaders who won’t do the hard things really aren’t leaders.
4. Laughter is good! We celebrated our end of semester community group this week with a “cook out”. Great food and so much laughter with some of our best friends. I can’t remember when I have laughed so hard or so loud!
5. Good friends are valuable. If you have a good friendship, work to keep it. If you don’t have a good friend, work to find one.
I intended to write a short post about envy – since our community group discussed envy this week and it was fresh in my thoughts.
But yesterday and today I’ve been thinking more about our future than envy. If you’ve followed my posts you know we have taken a path that is most unusual and certainly seems to defy logic and maybe even prudence. But we know beyond a doubt that it really is God who directs our paths and feel confident in letting Him!
As hard as we might try to fix things and to help God with His plan, today I’m reminded that He is sovereign.
Here’s a short quote from a devotional, “Jesus Calling”: “Trust Me to show you what to do when you have finished what you are doing now. I will guide you step by step, as you bend your will to Mine. Thus you stay close to Me on the path of Peace.”
Proverbs 19:21 – “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”