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Topic: Right and Left (07/31/14)
- TITLE: Watch and Right
By Ramona Cook
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The records show that of the 12 American Presidents since 1923, 5 were right handed, 5 were left handed and 2 were ambidextrous. (Wiki: Handedness of Presidents of the US)
Of my own five children, two are right handed, two are left handed and one is ambidextrous.
My life has been challenged by the way God has wired some us as right handed people, while some are wired as left handed people; and then, there is one percent of the world's population that is like me, ambidextrous.
Employed as a Medical Laboratory Technician one of my several duties was to run to the floor for urgent EKG's. It was a struggle for me to get the wires attached to the correct side of the patient's body. EKG's are all about "right and left" electrical activity.
Quickly I had to establish a way by which to properly identify one side from the other, so I would visualize my body lying above the patient and then attach the electrodes correctly in that way.
The trick was to remember that I had a "watch hand, and a right hand." I continue to use this method for driving instructions and for all left/right identification.
Lefty's have some problems as children because, so said my Daddy, "The world is set up for right handed people." Daddy discouraged left handedness in us for that reason, and it did not work well for my brother "June Bug."
June Bug both stuttered and wet the bed until he was old enough for it to severely shame him. Not a good outcome. Of course, Daddy had no reason to know that those might be the side effects of forcing a child to "convert." However, June's left wired brain prevailed and the problems disappeared.
The Bible says that many of the tribe of Benjamin were ambidextrous. I Chronicles 12:1-2
Left handedness is under the control of the right side of the brain; right handedness, controlled by the left side of the brain. Who could venture a guess why God designed it that way? But it does speak for the fact that God likes diversity and equips each one of us for particular tasks and challenges.
Everything God does is for our blessing, He loves us, He approves of us. He provides ways for us to function and to overcome whatever may be a difficulty. He applauds us when we succeed.
We must take delight in what we are created to be and love it, embrace it; because God likes us just like we are; He approves our design and uses our strengths, and challenges, for the benefit of His Kingdom, which Kingdom is for our blessing.
Should we not also love Him? Is it not just the best thing we can do to agree with Him?
Whether that question is processed from the left side of your brain or the right side of your brain, the answer of truth is, "Yes, and Amen!"
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