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By Jaye Lewis

I've never been an athlete. I've never been much
interested in sports, ever since I stopped playing
touch-football with the boys, when I hit puberty.
I've tried tennis. I hit the ball too high, too long,
and way over into left field. I've tried softball. Thank
goodness that ball is "soft" and big, because it felt
just awful when it hit me in the eye. I tried running,
but I couldn't get anyone to chase me.

I tried swimming, but even though I float like a cork,
and have had numerous lessons, I can't seem to get
over the idea, that I'm really going to drown. Finally,
I settled on walking, and for a number of years, I
walked 3 to 5 miles a day. I realize that there is
an Olympic sport referred to as "walking," but when
I tried that, all I succeeded in doing was throwing my hip out.

I'm definitely NOT an athlete, but I make do, especially
in my "mid-life" years. Which brings a question to my
mind. When did I hit mid-life? I remember when I hit
thirty. I had to visit a grief counselor, because I knew
my life was over. I remember forty. I had to see a grief
counselor, the day after my first child graduated from
high-school and moved out of the house, because I
knew my life was over. I remember forty-four. For
some reason I thought my life was over. Then I hit
fifty, and I was all excited, because I was able to join
an organization called AARP. My husband was,
especially, excited because he is younger than I,
and he got to join, too!

Fifty became the magic age. I knew that as long as
I was in good health, in this day and age, I probably
had a good fifty years ahead of me. Then came the
asthma. O.K., I had that much earlier, but it only
became life threatening after fifty. Then came the
firbromyalgia. O.K., I had THAT earlier, but it's not
life threatening. Then came the arthritis, and, more
recently, at fifty-five, came the diabetes. Somewhere,
along in there, I became very interested in
pharmaceuticals, and, finally, one day, I became free.

I began by noticing the sunsets, and I had the time
to stop and really wonder, at the beauty and the
magnitude of it all. Then I moved onto the sunrises,
and I quickly found out that if I wasted the early
morning, I missed the loveliest part of the day. Then
I began to notice how grateful I was to be able to
witness the changing of the seasons. The first whisper
of spring; the rustling of the leaves beneath my feet, in
the fall; that first breathless covering of a winter's snow;
and in the summer, all the flowers, and the buzzing of
a bumblebee.

When illness would hit me, I found that I, actually,
enjoyed the solitude. A time to reflect, gather my
thoughts, and pray, at leisure. I found that I was
"experiencing" this mid-life season, and I was no
longer missing every moment, shackled to the chains
of worry, and what "might" be. I found that worrying
about tomorrow, only served to make me overlook the
blessings of today.

It's not always easy. A few loads of laundry, and a pile
of dishes can take an entire day; but then I don't push
myself a lot. So, I forget to make the bed, as I watch
the rosy glow of dawn meet the rising sun. I have time
to walk our little, wooded acre with my little dachshund
straining at the leash. I get to read the "signs," with
my Happy Dog, sniff the air, and gaze out at nowhere,
studying the sky, with the same intensity that my little
dog studies the ground.

I get to meet the day, every day. I get to say
"good-night," to the sunsets. I've studied a lot of
sunsets, in the last five years, and I've never seen
two that were alike. I get to know my Creator as
I never have before, and I've gotten to make MY mind
up, about the mysteries of life; and I have grown
certain, that all this was no accident.

I feed the birds, and I take great delight in their
multicolored hues, especially in the spring. I drag
a chair to stand on, so that I can fill the feeders to
the brim, myself. I say a little prayer, as I wobble,
a little cock-eyed on the chair, and I laugh, at
myself, and all the pretensions of my younger
life. I take great delight in my life. I thank God
for all the precious little things of every day.
Friends. Family. Neighbors. And health. A health
of the soul. For I have come to understand what
real health is, and when you have REAL health,
then you truly have everything.

Jaye Lewis

Write Jaye and let her know your thoughts on her story!

Jaye Lewis is a Heartwarmer Gem and contributing author to
Chicken Soup for the Soul. She lives and writes in the beautiful
mountains of southwestern Virginia. Jaye says, "This encounter
with "Chuck" Heston remains one of my most precious memories."
Jaye's website can be visited by going to
and you can view her personal blog at


Creation Q & A

Q: Why would an evolutionist become a doctor?

A: Can a medical doctor do his job well without believing in
evolution? Some people claim that a physician without a proper
understanding of evolution does not have an adequate knowledge
base from which to practice medicine.

For instance, geneticist Theodosius Dobzhansky claimed, "Nothing
in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution." Dr. Charlie
Webb, an emergency room physician, said, "Evolution is the basis
of biology, biology is the basis of medicine. You're messing with

something important when you mess with evolution."


Several years ago Dr. Michael Dini, a professor of biology at Texas

Tech University, felt so strongly about this issue that he refused to
write letters of recommendation for pre-med students who did not

accept evolution as fact. According to his website, "The central unifying
theme of biology is the theory of evolution, which includes both micro- and
macro-evolution, which extends to ALL species. How can someone who
does not accept the most important theory in biology expect to properly
practice in a field that is so heavily based on biology?" He indicated that
the student must answer the question "How do you think the human
species originated?" with a sincere reference to evolution.


These opinions notwithstanding, many advances in medical science
have come from scientists who did not accept evolution. For example,
Louis Pasteur's belief that life could only come from life led to his proof
of the law of biogenesis and the debunking of the theory of spontaneous
generation. His discoveries were the basis for landmark inventions such
as pasteurization and vaccinations for rabies and anthrax. Other prominent
creationists in the field of medicine include Joseph Lister, who first
promoted the principles of antiseptic surgery, and Dr. Raymond Damadian,
inventor of the MRI scanner.


Acceptance of evolution does not make someone a better physician. On
the contrary, acceptance of evolution raises a very basic question: "Why
would an evolutionist become a doctor in the first place?"



Find out why as Tommy Mitchell, MD, examines this issue in: Why Would an Evolutionist Become a Doctor?  At:


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Thought For The Day

"When I come to the end of my rope, God is there to take over."

Verse for the Day

"...for He hath said, I will never leave thee nor forsake thee."
Hebrews 13:5

Kid's Thought For The Day

"Never tell your mom her diet's not working."

Parent's Thought For The Day

"Parents are not quite interested injustice, they are
interested in quiet." --Bill Cosby

Coach's Thought For The Day

"I've heard the statement that 'players come and players go,
so the program is what counts'. Somebody missed the point
since the players ARE the program." --Bill Greer, Wisconsin Basketball
Coaches Association 2001 Assistant Coach of the Year, and all-around good guy.

Creation/Evolution Thought For The Day

"I wish I were younger. What inclines me now to think you may be
right in regarding as the central and radical lie in the
whole web of falsehood that now governs our lives is not so
much your arguments against it as the fanatical and twisted attitudes
of its defenders." --Dr. C.S. Lewis, in letter to Capt. Bernard Acworth
of the Evolution Protest Movement, 1951.

Writer's Thought For The Day

"I often have to write a hundred pages or more before
there's a paragraph that's alive." --Philip Roth

Deep Thought For The Day

"Did you know that dolphins are so intelligent that within only
a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand at
the very edge of the pool and throw them fish."



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