Weekly bulletin article by Mike Johnson

All who were assembled with the Church in Richmond on Sunday or watching via the internet know that I had a battle with laryngitis. It was brought on by sinus activity trying to migrate into my chest. This is a very common ailment that has attacked everyone from time to time. One other person was going through the same thing with me on Sunday. No one wants to experience laryngitis, but I actually think I received some value from it!

This laryngitis reminded me to appreciate the habitual things of life without taking them for granted. I have been talking for many years. I have been preaching for 37 years. It is possible that I have not been as thankful for the ability to talk without physical issues for these many years.

This laryngitis warned me to take better care of my voice. I coach basketball and I don’t think I know how to be quiet during a game. I need to make sure I yell properly so that I don’t damage my vocal chords. Years ago one side of my vocal chords was damaged in a basketball playing injury. I know how scary that was!

This laryngitis verified how much I love to sing! God loves singing! He wants us to sing to Him. People love singing too! How many times have you been stopped at a traffic light, looked at the car next to you, and saw someone unashamedly singing along to the radio? Laryngitis prevented me from participating well in the singing.

James was addressing the need to appreciate today and everything in it when he wrote, “…For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” (James 4:14) He did not discourage future planning. He only reminded us not to look at the future without appreciating the present.