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2012-08-30 / Church

THEY SAID IT

(Life Lessons from Hospice Patients)

I’ve Always Been a Jumper-in-er

Bob had been an active, energetic man all his life. His work ethic is amazing, and he seems to know how to do almost everything. He loves helping others. He’s the kind of guy we’d be thrilled to have as a next door neighbor.

Twelve years ago, Bob had a heart attack. That began a series of events that led to a slow decline. On a good day, Bob can walk – slowly - around his small house before having to plop into a chair, put on his oxygen, and rest. On a bad day, he can barely stand up.

Adjusting to this new, unpredictable life has been a massive challenge.

“I flat hate it,” Bob said one day. “I can’t stand this. I know if I want to stay around, my best chance is to take it easy. But that kind of taking it easy is not living – not for me.”

“When things get tough, there are those who jump in to help,” he continued. “I’ve always been a Jumper-in-er. The worst part about this is not being able to help anymore.”

All of us know someone like Bob. They’re always ready to help. You may not see them much, but when trouble strikes they materialize out of nowhere. They don’t want recognition. They don’t make it about them. They just quietly help.

Interacting with Bob humbles and inspires me. I want to be a Jumper-in-er too.

Let’s thank a Jumper-in-er today.

Gary Roe is the Chaplain of Southern Care Hospice and is Minister at First Baptist Church in Lexington

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