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Strength to Care

Lessons from Matthew & Isaac – Our CHARGE Syndrome Journey


We are fast approaching the season of the “New Year’s Resolution”…the time of year most people reflect on the past year and make grand plans of making a change in their lives. It is healthy after all to take an inventory of the bad and the good and make adjustments accordingly.

Purging of Matthew's room

Take Matthew for example. For no known trigger or timing, he randomly decides to “clean house” in his room. Everything that he has access to and is small enough to fit through the door gets tossed out into the hall. Some items make the further trip down the hall and down the stairs. I guess some of those items need to get further away from him. One day, an hour or so after purging his room I heard his door open and witnessed his beloved Molly doll (from The Big Comfy Couch series) flying through the air, hitting the wall and landing on the heap. They must have had a disagreement.

I have moments in my life that I need to “clean house.” Those of you who are close to me know that I am an artistic, creative person who thrives in having the pressure of a deadline. Also, I mostly work in a very messy environment…My desk would be living proof of that statement. Furthermore, when starting a new project, I have a tendency to empty out the tool box on the floor where I can see all the tools I have to work with. I know that I drive some people to the edge with my messy environment, but it is where I thrive. When I create things like scenery for productions or props for sermon illustrations, I do so with no plans or blueprints. If a plan is needed, I will take the time and draw it out so other people helping have a clearer picture…but I can already see the finished product in my head.

“In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it…”

“…I saw and angel in the marble and I set him free.”


My "creation station" at work (loathed by many)

I can relate. But, there is one thing that I need to do first. Start with a clean slate. I have to clean my desk, clean the workbench or organize the toolbox before I move on. I think that maybe Matthew does the same. Too much stimuli and too much clutter.

I get the same thing with my spiritual life. I see who I want to be but have a hard time releasing the statue, the thing of beauty from the marble. I need to take time the clear my head of the clutter of television, email, texts and everything else that is screaming for my attention and reflect on what is happening in my heart.

“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”  Psalm 51:10

As we approach this holiday season and the end of 2010 what is it that you need to throw out into the hall? I have been eyeing a few things of my own that I am sizing up to fit through the door.

A side note this week. If you are looking for a year end giving opportunity…would you consider a donation to the CHARGE Syndrome Foundation in Matthew’s name? Look under “Links” on the right…Charge it for CHARGE is the title.