Monday, February 20, 2017

Music and a Milestone

On February 20, 2007, two Tennessee men were desperate, suffering, fighting for their lives, and needing a miracle - a miracle in the form of a life-saving organ transplant. One needed a liver, and the other a heart. One would lose his battle, but in the process, he would save the life of the other. Medical records will show that the one man died that night, but I will assert that, in a way, he did not - he lives on through the gift of his heart to me.

Kent, my donor
Today makes 10 years since I received the call that a heart was available for transplant for me. Tomorrow will be the actual 10 year anniversary of my transplant. The last 10 years have rushed by fast. I am thankful for each day. Those days would not have been possible without my heart donor, Kent. I do not take a day for granted. Without him, my wife and I would not have celebrated our 20th anniversary. We would not have been to Hawaii together. I wouldn't have shot my 1st, or 2nd, trophy buck. I wouldn't have ever harvested my 1st turkey, or seen my nephews grow into teenagers. I am grateful for all of those memories and many others. None of them possible without Kent.

Today's a Music Monday, and I had a tough time coming up with a song for today. Then, I remembered one of Skillet's more recent releases - "Not Gonna Die". The song was released on the band's 2013 record titled Rise. From what I understand, the song is actually about not letting sin overtake and consume you. However, to me today it has another meaning.

The video and the lyrics are a little dark, but when I think about what both Kent and I were going through 10 years ago today, the struggle, the emotions, the feeling of helplessness - they are the perfect artistic rendering of what we were experiencing.

Neither of us wanted to die that night - and, in a way, neither of us did. We're walking this earth together. Kent also saved others that night 10 years ago by donating other organs. He improved the lives of many others, too, through tissue donation. He left a legacy of life and giving to others. So, he lives on not just in me, but in many others, too. He is a hero to many of us and our families.

Thanks again, Kent.

The video is embedded below or can be watched by clicking here.

If you are not presently registered as an organ and tissue donor, you can learn more, and even learn how to register in the state where you live, by clicking here.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Monday, February 6, 2017

Music for the Super Bowl Blues

Atlanta Falcons logo
Atlanta Falcons logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Like much of the country, I was pulling for the Atlanta Falcons last night. Still can't believe they couldn't hold onto a 25 point lead and secure their 1st Super Bowl title. They did every thing right for the first 3 quarters - they were aggressive offensively, and their defense was able to get pressure on Tom Brady regularly. Coach Dan Quinn nailed the game plan. It just seemed like his team ran out of gas in the 4th quarter and the Patriots pounced.

The loss was a heartbreaker for the Falcons, their fans, and anyone who lost money on the game. However, The Sheepdog is here with the cure for what ails you as I roll out the first Music Monday of 2017.

In 2014, AC/DC released their Rock or Bust album. One of the singles on that album is "Rock the Blues Away". It's received a lot of airplay on satellite radio and various music apps, and in my opinion, it's one of the band's best. So, if the Falcons loss has left you feeling a little low, crank up the volume and rock those blues away with a dose of AC/DC. I'm confident that no matter how bad you feel, this will get your foot tappin' and pick up your spirits.

The video is embedded below or can be viewed by clicking here.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Football and Transplants

I'm a BIG football fan, and a heart transplant recipient. There's not much I'd rather talk about than my favorite sport and the blessing of new, extended, healthy life that the Lord bestowed up on me. So, when I run across an article that mixes both football AND the story of someone else who received the same 2nd second chance at life that I did, I'm all over it.

Sam Wyche (photo credit)
Y'all remember former Cincinnati Bengals head coach Sam Wyche? Coach Wyche was at the helm when the Bengals played in the their only Super Bowl - Super Bowl 23 back in January 1989. Little did he know it at the time, but trying to win the Super Bowl would not be the toughest battle he would face.

According to a recent article, Coach Wyche was in heart failure just a few months ago and very close to dying before receiving a life-saving heart transplant. Now, he is out telling his story and encouraging others to register as organ and tissue donors. Due to his former position as an NFL coach, Wyche has the potential to be a great advocate for organ and tissue donation. One that folks will listen to.

I wish Wyche the best as he begins his post-transplant journey. If you'd like more information on organ and tissue donation, including how to register, then please click here to visit Donate Life America's website.

See article - "Former NFL Coach Discusses Organ Donation at Pittsburgh Center" on

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Rule #1

In my first post of 2017 (here), I mentioned that I would be starting a new series, "Sheepdog's Rules".  Today, I kick the series off with Rule #1 - the most important of them all. The rest of the rules will be posted in no particular order of priority, but if you overlook Rule #1, you will one day lose everything. So, I guess Rule #1 is not really one of the Sheepdog's Rules, but God's Rule.

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Rule #1
When "The Roll Is Called Up Yonder", be sure your name is on the roll. (See John 3:16* and Romans 10:9-13**.) 

* John 3:16 (NKJV) - For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.

** Romans 10:9-13 (NKJV) - ... if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture says, "Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame." For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For "whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."