“arise O sleeper and stand. prepare to fight for all that is good.” -A.B. Simpson
The Beginning of Lifeblood
A few years ago I found myself lying in a hospital bed confused and scared. I was only 18 at the time. I was supposed to be getting ready to start college but instead I was in a critical care hospital bed terrified I could die at any moment.
A few days prior, after ACL reconstruction surgery, several blood clots had formed in my right leg. They broke free from my leg (called emboli) and made there way through my heart and into both lungs (Pulmonary Emboli). I didn’t know it then, but the journey ahead was set to be the hardest years of my life. However scared I was, I knew if I made it through I wasn’t going to let my experience go to waste–it wasn’t going to get the best of me.
Sickness and poor mental health plagued me for years after my brush with death. I took medicine, got counseling, saw doctor after doctor–but nothing seemed to help.
The blood in my body, the very thing that was meant to keep me alive, sought to end my life. I was literally at war within my self. When I couldn’t depend on my body to keep me alive, I had to put my faith in something else, another lifeblood, something that would never fail. That lifeblood was Jesus.
Once I realized Jesus would never fail, I was able to find the strength to win. However, it didn’t mean all of my problems changed right away–if at all. I changed my diet, I began my own workout program and I got into the word of God more then I ever had. Out of my pain and sorrow came my calling.
But what is Lifeblood?
Lifeblood is the indispensable factor or influence that gives something its strength and vitality, is the driving force you cannot live without. Your lifeblood will determine whether you quite and succumb to pain, or fight till the end.
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