Years ago I remember reading an easy by Max Lucado; in it he basically suggested that a person try replacing the words love and it with their own name in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. You remember that verse:
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes and always preserves.”
Well, I tried it….
Mick is patient, Mick is kind, Mick does not envy…. I got that far before I quit. I thought to myself what a great motto to live by, but no one on earth could possibly answer yes to all of these things and use their name in place of “love”. Only one person in all of history could have done that and he was crucified almost 2000 years ago. Ah, I thought, that must be it; Max Lucado is trying to tell us to have a heart like Jesus and to live as best we can with a love like Jesus has for us.
Last week I came upon this verse again and remembered what Mr. Lucado had suggested. I tried using my name again and it didn't work any better than it did years ago, but it suddenly dawned on me that I was wrong all those years ago. For a lucky few there is a name that works in place of “love”. It doesn’t work for all of us, but I am very blessed and proud to say that my four sons belong to the special group of people that this does work for. So, Mickey boys just remember how very blessed you are….
“Mom is patient, Mom is kind. Mom does not envy, Mom does not boast, Mom is not proud. Mom does not dishonor others, Mom is not self-seeking, Mom is not easily angered, Mom keeps no record of wrongs. Mom does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. Mom always protects, always trusts, always hopes and always preserves.”
Well, I assume most of you might like to hear how Brady is doing? After all, this page is called Bradyspowers. We met with Brady’s doctors on Tuesday of this week and he continues to improve. Terms and phrases that were used in this conversation included “remission”, “no evidence of disease” and my favorite “Brady is doing Awesome!” All of the MRI scans where clear, the CAT scan was clear and his Biochemical makers continue to move lower and lower in the normal ranges. There was a doctor making the rounds with Brady’s team as an observer from China. His name was Dr. Chang and I think he gave us the best news without saying a word. He spoke very little English and he kept pointing and Brady’s charts and scans; quizzing Brady’s lead doctor, Dr. Geller, as best he could in his broken English. In the end Dr. Chang stared at Brady and then a little smile showed on his face as he just shook his head in disbelief. At that point Brady ruined the moment by pointing at me and saying, “Are you crying?!” Ha-ha, “No I just have something in my eye”. The plan is to make sure we have beat the living tar out of this cancer so it is three more months of chemo just to be sure. So, sometime in August we will do scans one more time and see where we go from there. It is hard to believe that will make it 18 months straight of chemo. Just like Brady to try to set some kind of record or something.
In 1976 I remember hearing a song by Jimmy Dean called, “I Owe You (I.O.U.)”. Well actually to call it a song might be a bit of a stretch, it is more of a ballad, but it actually made the top 10 on the country charts back then. If you think you have never heard of Jimmy Dean you’d be wrong. He also has his name on a great breakfast product, Jimmy Dean’s Sausage! Anyway about the song, it is about a son thanking his Mom for all the things she had done for him over the years. Below are some of the lyrics….
Mom? You listening?" "Mom, I owe you for so many things, a lot of different services, like Night Watchman for instance, for lying awake nights listening for coughs, cries and creaking floorboards, and me coming in too late. Oh, you had the eye of an eagle, the roar of a lion, but ya always had a heart as big as a house. "I owe you for services as a short order cook, chef, baker, for making sirloin outta hamburger, turkey outta tuna fish and big old strappin' boys outta leftovers ..."I owe you for cleaning services, for the daily scrubbing of face and ears, all work done by hand, and for the frequent dusting of a small boy's pants to try to make sure that he led a spotless life, and for washing and ironing that no laundry could ever do, for drying the tears of childhood, and for ironing out the problems of growing up ... "I owe you for services as a bodyguard, for protecting me from the terrors of thunderstorms and nightmares, and too many green apples ... "And Lord knows I owe you for medical attention, for nursing me through measles, mumps, bruises, bumps, splinters and much more. And let's not forget medical advice either. Oh no, important things like "if you don't quit scratching that it ain't never gonna' get well," and "if ya cross your eyes like that they're gonna stick like that" and probably the most important was, "boy, you be sure you've got on clean underwear in case you're in an accident." "And I owe you for veterinarian services, for feeding every lost dog that I dragged home at the end of a rope, for healing the pains of puppy love ... "And I owe you for entertainment, entertainment that kept the household going through some pretty tough times, for wonderful productions at Christmas, 4th of July, birthdays, and for somehow making 'make believe" come true on a very limited budget ... "I own you for construction work, for building kites, and confidence, and hopes and dreams and somehow you made 'em all touch the sky, and for cementing together a family, so that it could stand the worst kinds of shocks and blows, and for laying down that good strong foundation to build a life on ...."I owe you for carrying charges, for carrying me on your books for the necessities of life things that a growing boy just gotta' have. Things like a pair of high top boots with a little pocket on the side for a jack knife ... "And one thing, Mom, I will never ever forget when there were only two pieces of apple pie and three hungry people, I noticed that you were always the one that suddenly decided that you really weren't hungry any how ... "These are just a few of the things for which payment is long overdue. The person I owe them to worked very, very cheap. She managed simply by doing without a whole lotta things that she needed herself ... "My IOU's add up to much more than I could ever ever hope to repay. But you know the nicest thing about it all is that I know that she'll mark the whole bill "paid in full" for just one kiss, and four little words ... "Mom, I love you."
Mickey boys you have a lot of IOUs to repay, I would start with the “Mom I love you” paybacks today. Peri, I didn’t tell the boys about this post or the Jimmy Dean song, but I did ask them to do something. I asked each of them to make out one of their own personal IOUs to you. This is what they gave me to share with you…
I owe you for always putting us and our happiness first….love Patrick
I owe you for EVERYTHING….love Ryan
I owe you for so much, too much to fit on a piece of paper, but I do know I owe you my gratitude and love….love Keegan
I owe you for taking me to chemo and spending so much time with me in the hospital….love Brady
And Honey, I owe you for teaching me what love is….love Mick
Happy Mother’s Day