Mar 23, 2011

Wow! Another One!

I am 42 years old. I have diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, and heart disease. In the last two years, I've had a quadruple by-pass, three angiograms, and two stents placed in my heart. I take 13 pills a day that keeps me alive.

I have no business being alive.

Two years ago, I had no idea I had heart disease. I went to the doctor because my big toe was tingling. I went from tingling toes to a quadruple bypass surgery in less than two weeks.

Out of the four arteries that feed the heart, two of my arteries were 100% blocked and the other two had 90% blockage. I was barely alive. It's not good when doctors and nurses call you a walking heart attack waiting to happen.

The only reason why I am still around is by the grace of God.

So every morning I wake up and say, "Wow! Another one! Thank you Jesus!" I am keenly aware that every day is another day I would not have experienced had it not been for the tingling toes and the doctors and nurses that diagnosed my disease. And I am absolutely aware, that had it not been for God's grace I would not have paid attention to the tingling toes.

But you know what, you don't need heart disease or any other medical condition to realize that every day you get up in the morning is another day you get to live because of the grace of God.

The only reason why we are still around is by the grace of God. And if we're still around it's because God has a purpose for our being around.

Every day is a gift. Live each day to make it count. Live each day to the fullest. Live each day to make a difference.

Wow! Another one!

Thank you Jesus!


Magnolia said...

What a beautiful post! Thank you for sharing!

James Kim said...

Magnolia, thank you for reading the post and leaving a comment. Blessings!

Dave Moody said...

God bless you brother! Thanks for the reminder.
grace & peace,

Marie Bowen said...

Isn't it amazing how God uses everything in our lives to advance His purposes in and through us? I have reached the 11 year mark since I had an early heart attack. That event has not only made me more healthy, but it set me free to live more boldly for Christ. The best is yet to come!

James Kim said...

Dave, thank you for your note.

Marie, God has us around for a reason. Blessings!

Mo said...

Each day is a gift and you are a gift to your friends,church & family!

James Kim said...

Mo, thanks for your note. Appreciate you too!