Four letters but a big impact! The words ‘yet-i’ immediately makes me think of ‘Yeti.’ Did you know that Yeti is another name or abominable snowman? How did I not but that makes me smile and like the brand that much more. I found this on the YETI website - “We’re so glad that we weren’t the only ones looking for a YETI. Today it is the cooler of choice for outdoor enthusiasts, pros, tailgaters, and backyard barbecue kings. And that still gets us fired up. Ultimately, life is about having a good time doing what you love. And for us, that’s being outdoors hunting whitetail, catching a tarpon on the fly, and spending time with our families and buddies. We’re wild at heart.” Ok, that is not what this blog is about – well, sort of.
Recently, I heard a sermon (really, more of a conversation) about “Here comes Joy.” In the conversation, Jim shares his story. It is a story of how joy and grief can coincide. It is a story of how trust can lead to joy even in the midst of life-changing circumstances that are not fully understood. In the conversation, Jim references Habakkuk 3:17-18, “Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, YET I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.”
Let’s make it more personal. ‘Though my sister is diagnosed with cancer, YET I will take joy.’ ‘Though I do not get that promotion and it seems I go unnoticed, YET I will rejoice in the Lord.’ ‘Though I had a miscarriage, YET I will take joy in the God of my salvation.’ ’Though a family member gossiped about me, YET I will rejoice.’ What is your ‘though ____’ and will you have the courage to add four letters to your story. Those 4 letters: Y – E – T – I are a choice we get to make every day. Is it always easy – no. Is it always necessary – yes. And for Jim & countless others, making that not easy, necessary choice has made an everlasting impact.
…gets me fired up.
…allows me to have a good time & do what I love.
…gives me time to spend with family and friends.
…gets me outside to be wild at heart.
As I was writing this, I stopped to treat a patient. Her shirt read,“Messy. Blessed. Life.” Yep; that my friends is what YET-I is all about.