16-Year-Old Teen Hero Rescues Man in Wheelchair Before Tornado Hits
A double amputee was wheeling himself home in his wheelchair just as a tornado was about to hit the city of St. Louis, Missouri. As he struggled to race home, people drove up beside him and yelled at him to get to safety. But none would stop and help. That is until young Seth Phillips saw him. He asked his mom to pull over so he could push the man the last quarter-of-a-mile to his home.
Seth said that while he was happy to serve the man, he was more disappointed that “people would rather fly by and honk at a disabled person rather than to lend a hand”. It’s surprising to me too! I think what is impressive is just how he was able to ignore what everyone else did and followed what he knew to be right.
It reminds me of the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25 where the priest and Levite passed by the man who was robbed and chose not to help him. But it was the Samaritan who stopped and showed mercy.
I’m inspired by this young man who put his neighbor’s needs above his own safety and gave the man his own safety back. That’s something you and I can do too! It may not be when a tornado is about to hit, but it could be when a person can’t pay for their drive-through order. Even what may look like the smallest thing to us, can be a heroic gesture in the eyes of another.
I hope Seth’s story inspires you as it did me. Thanks all and I’ll see you next time!
Alex, Producer and Resident Millennial for the Kankelfritz and Friends Morning Show
I have to be honest and say that I was shocked and a little sad when I saw that Tim Conway had passed away. I remember when I saw his famous “Dentist” sketch with Harvey Korman for the first time, I laughed so hard that I had trouble breathing. Remembering that made me start to think about laughter and what the Bible says about it.
The first Scripture I was brought to is in Psalm 126:2 which says “Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, ‘The LORD has done great things for them.'”. Another verse I found was Proverbs 17:22 where it says “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones”. Wow! A cheerful heart is pretty powerful! And there’s even scientific studies that prove this very scripture!
Laughter, according to Forbes, produces endorphins which are our feel-good chemicals in our brain that help us when we feel pain. Isn’t that interesting? We know that God designed humans to have we needed for our lives and laughter was a part of that. I don’t know about you, but I can’t help but chuckle thinking about how God was so kind that He wanted us to be able to laugh and feel good about it.
Maybe you haven’t had much to laugh about lately. Life’s not always easy and I can understand that. But I hope this has helped you to remember just how much God loves you every single day. Laughter is His gift to you, after all. So if you have been having trouble with finding something to smile or laugh about, there’s an audio clip down below that’s just for you from us and Tim Conway. Enjoy and have a great weekend!
– Alex, Producer and Resident Millennial with the Kankelfritz and Friends Morning Show
(Audio courtesy of Thou Shalt Laugh)
New Research Says Blaming Yourself
Might Be Dangerous For Your Health
A new study came out recently saying that blaming yourself when things go wrong could be linked to obsessive-compulsive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder, which can lead to depression. So, does this mean that when I mess up cleaning the counters for my wife that I can blame her instead of me? Hmm…I’m going to take a guess and say “no”.
Now, of course, this study isn’t saying to blame somebody else for your problems or else your health will suffer. This is more for you, the type of person who thinks that every bad thing happens because of them. I’m here to tell you that this is not true! Yes, there are times we all fall short and those are times we take a deep breath, accept responsibility, and apologize if necessary. But, when we continuously do it when it isn’t our fault, that’s when it becomes dangerous.
While I was thinking about that, I was reminded of what the Bible says about humility. 1 Peter 5:5 says that we should “be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility for ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble”. But sometimes, humility can get mixed up with putting yourself down. A good way to remind yourself which is which sometimes is to say that blaming yourself is you worrying about the things you can’t deal with. Humility is realizing you can’t deal with it and giving it to God instead.
So if you ever feel like nothing is going right and it’s “all your fault”, just remember who you are in Christ. After all, He says that you are fearfully and wonderfully made. You can remind yourself of that when life throws its lemons at you, and then let God make the lemonade.
Have a great weekend!
“If you could go back and change one thing in your life, what would it be?”
It’s a question that a lot of us have either asked or been asked. Too often, I don’t really give it that much thought. It’s usually something along the lines of exercising more and/or eating better, like the usual “New Year’s” resolution type changes.
But let me ask you, if you could walk through a door and change your past, what would be the one thing you would change?
A recent survey says there’s a 50/50 chance you just said to watch less television…
On the one hand, I can definitely say I agree with that. I probably watch way too much TV or (insert name of streaming service here). That’s all well and good, but is that the one thing you would change?
Isn’t there something more important than regulating TV time? I could say I want to spend more time with the kids. I could say to make more quality time with my wife. And, I don’t know, why not get more into God’s presence, read His word, and praise His name?
What am I getting at?
God has a plan for each and every one of us, but we can’t know what He has in store if we don’t stay with Him. That can mean changing your mind daily from focusing on things of this world to focus on His world and what He ready for us. I heard someone say recently that the basic definition of the word “repent” in the Greek is “to change one’s mind”. So when we come to God and say “I repent”, what we’re really saying is “I now change my mind”.
Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
One of the Christian artists we play here on Family Life Radio, Brandon Heath is suffering a sunburn. He got it in Gainsville, Florida (in Gator Territory). It’s the worst he’s ever had. He is very red, and has chills and headaches. He’s thankful it’s not blistering. He’s happy this is radio because he feels like he looks appalling. I’m thankful I’ve never had one that bad.
What are your remedies? He’s heard about using butter, vinegar, and even shaving cream. I offered the suggestion of Crisco and Saran Wrap. I don’t know when he plans on trying that one.