What a great word, wouldn’t you say? I looked this word up in the dictionary, and found the definition very inspiring.
worship: n; reverent honor and homage paid to God or a sacred personage, or to any object regarded as sacred.
I think that we all have something in our lives that we “worship”. Whether it’s something we believe in, like religion, or a person that we know, or an honor that has bestowed us from some wonderful activity that was so much of a sacrifice of our time, and energy; we all have it, to worship something. I have a few things that I worship, not just one. This coming weekend, I will be visiting someone who was always my idol, or in this case, the person that I worshiped throughout my life, my Father. For those that don’t know, my father passed away April 25, 2017. His birthday is/was March 8, so I’m going to be with my family to honor, and worship a man who formed my life, and yet, he made me feel like he honored, and worship me. Now, that is a real barn-burner; I who worshiped him, worshiped me! I hope to visit the VA cemetery, ( he served in Korea), and have a Courvoisier, (which he loved!), with him, and worship him, and all of the memories that I had with him; to worship those memories.
It’s very easy for me to say that I worshiped my Father, because I did, and I also know that there are others who are not as fortunate as I was; from my childhood, to my adult years, (how about that, me saying “adult years”???). Obviously, I’m a big believer in a very strong relationship with my parents, which I would love to see more of in this generation. Society has changed, so has parenting, as I have observed.
As I had mentioned earlier, I have a few things that I have worship, and a few have entered my life recently, and a few from my younger years, that I recently realized that I DID worship! That would be what I would call a “miracle”, to discover something from long ago, that affected me now, and that I reflect back on some of these events. I also believe that most of you would have this, something that you worship. You work hard, your self confidence grows, and you feel better. What does that mean, though? Is it reward of a paycheck? Is it the feeling of accomplishment with the results of your effort in your work, or hobbies, or other interest? Or maybe, your heart opens up, and you just feel peaceful inside. That could happen! Think about it, and it doesn’t happen to be some huge event that has affected you, maybe it’s something very personal, or “sacred”. You have it, some time you have to put a little thought into point A, which then led to point B, and on to C,D,E…..When you start connecting the dots, and see where they leave you today, that could be the equation. Each dot that you’re connecting, could be a little dot to worship, because it HAD to be there, to follow up to the next point, (A,B,C…..). It might sound complicated, but I see it as very simple. It’s the way things have panned out in your life, and I think we should be thankful. It’s IS your life, and what could better than that? My life has been serving others, and I never thought of that until recently. I’ve had my business, sure, but I never put myself in that position of “helping others”. Sometimes, you just have to put your thinking cap on, because as I look back, I have helped a persons health, I have also put in their head thoughts of how to help themselves. I thought that I just did my job, but if me, and ALL of you, look at the big picture, and how you all have affected someone, (or some ones!), that really, is the BIG picture. My Dad is the big picture, always was, and always will be. An event in your life, is also the big picture. How about this; you’ve been talking to someone over the years, and now again, you’ve heard a story that you have heard from him/her in the past, but NOW, it makes sense, YOU JUST GOT THE STORY! I say that, because that’s what a lot of people say about you, how your interaction with them has benefitted them, to a degree. It could be small, it doesn’t matter, you affected them! That is the type of worship that we all have. Keep it, own it, and relish it, because it’s yours!
I work at UCLA, as a lot of your know, and yesterday, I pass a married couple in the hallway, and they stop me. Now, I’ll remind you, that I go to around 50 rooms per day, and not just seeing the patients, but also families, friends, and others in their rooms, so I see a lot of faces in one day. So with the couple that stopped me, I recognized her face, and somewhat recognized her husband, and they were past patients of a couple of years, and they told me of the impact that they had because of our conversation, when the husband was a patient in the hospital. Now, I couldn’t even start to tell you what that conversation was about, and I certainly wasn’t going to ask them, but it could have been 30 minutes, or 30 seconds. Didn’t matter, they got affected by our interaction. That is something I worship, and will always worship. You have that, too. Worship is a cool thing, all you have to do is acknowledge what you do, be very appreciative of what you do, and love what you do. Could be simple…and is.
Be THE WORSHIPER……