What is and how does A.A.A.D.D. relate to you?

By: 
ED DELPH, Church Community Connection

I’m now 69 years old. Where did the years go? Some of you will think I’m young. Others will think I’m old. It depends upon what age you are.

In this season of life, I’m discovering, or may I say perfecting, the art of being memory challenged.

This quote describes my dilemma perfectly: “My short-term memory is not as sharp as it used to be. Also, my short-term memory is not as sharp as it used to be.” I resemble that, how about you?

Someone sent me an email, which describes the symptoms of what is called Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder or A.A.A.D.D. This is not information, it’s revelation. Here’s how it works.

“I decide to water the garden. As I turn on the hose in the driveway, I look over at my car and decide it needs washing. As I start toward the garage, I notice mail on the porch table that I brought up from the mail box earlier. I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car. I lay my car keys on the table and notice that the garbage can is full. So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take the garbage out first.

But then I think, since I’m going to be near the mailbox when I take out the garbage, I may as well pay the bills first. I take my checkbook off the table and see that there is only one check left. My extra checks are in my desk in the study, so I go inside the house to my desk where I find the can of Coke I had been drinking. I’m going to look for my checks, but first I push the Coke aside so I don’t accidentally knock it over. The Coke is getting warm and I decide to put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold.

As I head toward the kitchen with the Coke, a vase of flowers on the counter catches my eye — they need water. I put the Coke on the counter and discover my reading glasses that I’ve been searching for all morning. I decide I had better put them back on my desk, but first I’m going to water the flowers. I set the glasses back down on the counter, fill a container with water and suddenly spot the TV remote. Someone left it on the kitchen table. I decide that later I’ll be looking for the remote, so I put it in the den. But first, I’ll water the flowers.

At the end of the day, the car isn’t washed, the bills aren’t paid, there is a warm can of Coke sitting on the counter, there is still only one check in the checkbook, I can’t find the remote or my glasses, and I can’t remember what I did with the car keys. Then I try and figure out why nothing got done today but I’m really tired!”

Don’t laugh; at some point in your life, your future will turn into today. Someday, you are going to look and have a memory like me. It’s part of life.

Someone said the following: “Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, dents on our side and grease on the engine, and loudly proclaiming, ‘Wow ... what a ride!’” I just hope I remember it.

One more thing. Remember as a Christian, living this life is like eating the salad. It’s the beginning of the meal. Then, comes the main course, eternal life. We get to rest in peace because this life is stressful. Things like A.A.A.D.D. make it that way. Welcome to a bigger world, you’ve got mail.

Now, for the 10th time today, where is my cell phone?

To learn more about Pastor Ed Delph, the Church-Community Connection and Nation strategy, call 623-376-6757, e-mail nationstrategy@cs.com, or log on to www.nationstrategy.com.

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