Acts 8 & 9: Bring Life and Be Present

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Act 8: Bring Life

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Basically we were asked to give blood. The green, amber and red options all were about giving blood to a greater or lesser extent.

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My immediate reaction was something like this: “Pfft! No chance. Move on. Failure outside of my control”. I was initially a little annoyed that there was apparently no consideration or option for those of us who are unable to give blood. I knew there must be others like me and wondered why there was no other options available. I think it might be because it really does encourage those who are able to give blood and not opt for an easier option.

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I used to give blood years ago but operations, exotic holidays and three years living in India puts you on the ‘Thanks – but no thanks’ category. That’s before they reject my blood, or attempts to give, because I fail the initial blood drop test as my pathetic blood floats on the top and after several minutes gradually and slowly floats gently in slo-mo to the bottom. I remember one (male) nurse looking at me and the blood drop and back at me and then the blood drop and staring and waiting and after a while just said “nope, we’ll be here all day waiting for that to move. Come back next time.” I assume it’s something to do with the low iron levels in my blood but I’m not a Dr and I’ve never asked why (always a bit too embarrassed about being rejected in front of others).

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So Act 8 was a lost cause. What would Act 9 bring?

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Act 9: Be Present

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This would usually be an easy thing for me but I had virtually no sleep last night due to various unsettling events and a thief cloning my bank card and skipping into the sunset with my cash. *sigh* I was exhausted. A trip to the bank as soon as they opened (after reporting it on the phone) to get the ball rolling and a new bank card. Eurgh – not a great start to the day.

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Now as a Christian I do believe that Satan really doesn’t like it when a bunch of Christians are being effective and active and will make an attack wherever he can. Well he’s tried. But he is a defeated enemy. Christ’s victory over death on the cross ensured that. So the Devil can do one frankly. I might be too tired and exhausted today but I’m saving this one up. There’s nothing I like more than spending quality time with friends. I’ll be back for this one when I’m not exhausted.

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Why blog it?

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So why the blogpost about failing to do two acts in succession? Well, as an encouragement not to give up. Sometimes life just gets in the way and that’s the same for everyone. We can’t just give up because it’s difficult. Reschedule and resume. Rest well and recover. There are times when we need to look after ourselves so we can be fabulously generous later. I can’t give blood but thousands of others will be able to and that’s fabulous. Today I can’t give quality time to a friend but I will be able to next week. It’s a delay rather than a failure. I’ll be back!