The Delightful Way


Delightful Way Has Moved!!
June 4, 2007, 2:11 pm
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Delightful Way has moved to my new site:

http://samuelkordik.com/

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Spiritual Awakening or National Disaster?
June 1, 2007, 8:48 am
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“History fails to record a single precedent in which nations subject to moral decay have not passed into political and economic decline. There has been either a spiritual awakening to overcome the moral lapse, or a progressive deterioration leading to ultimate national disaster.”

–Douglas MacArthur

America has been on this track for 50+ years. At this point, we must be reaching critical mass. Ultimately, each of us individually is responsible to make a collective difference. What will you choose?

Our responsibility, as I see it, is two-fold:

A) Pursue a spiritual awakening aggressively, starting with our own hearts and minds. We need to be in fellowship with God and immersed in His Scriptures. I would also suggest getting acquainted with the writings of great men of the faith from past spiritual awakenings—starting with Jonathan Edwards, who I believe to be very relevant for this generation.

B) Prepare for a national disaster. Should one occur during our lifetimes, it will provide a wonderful opportunity to minister to the needs of others. Obviously, organizations like the Red Cross and the Salvation Army are wonderful tools for this, but you should also consider getting advanced training in survival, emergency medicine, self-defense, disaster counseling, and so forth. I would consider this a priority for every young man.



Being a Boy 101
May 31, 2007, 1:25 pm
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Boys [should be] inured from childhood to trifling risks and slight dangers of every possible description, such as tumbling into ponds and off of trees, etc., in order to strengthen their nervous system…. They ought to practice leaping >off heights into deep water. They ought never to hesitate to cross a stream over a narrow unsafe plank for fear of a ducking. They ought never to decline to climb up a tree, to pull fruit merely because there is a possibility of their falling off and breaking their necks. I firmly believe that boys were intended to encounter all kinds of risks, in order to prepare them to meet and grapple with risks and dangers incident to man’s career with cool, cautious self-possession…. —R.M. Ballantyne, The Gorilla Hunters

From: Doug’s Blog: The Return of Ballantyne the Brave



A bit of gratefulness…
May 30, 2007, 5:51 pm
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As I’ve walked back and forth to my office from my new room, I’ve been extremely grateful for the blessings God has bestowed upon me.

He has allowed me to pursue my passion in ministry as part of an exciting program with an inestimable impact.

He has provided me with excellent food and a great room 5 minutes from my desk.

He has equipped me with tools, experience and skills uniquely adapted for the work I do.

He has blessed me far beyond the simple “expected” necessities of life…where do I even begin? A nice office with a great view, a fast computer, 2 large, gorgeous desks, a vehicle, a cell phone; so much…

I love God because of who He is; because He loved me and regenerated me. That God would see fit to bestow such blessings on me blows my mind; it makes me aware of my responsibilities in return.



The Glory of Christ
March 28, 2007, 11:34 am
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At church, our Sunday School class has been going through John Owen’s The Glory of Christ. Last week we discussed how Christ is the fullest revelation of the Father’s glory. I was thinking about this concept and decided to meditate on the Cross of Christ. At first I was thinking exclusively of the benefits I accrue through Christ’s sacrifice. But then the light dawned: What of Christ’s side of the equation? What did Christ do? This is where I found great blessing and a deeper appreciation of the Glory of God.

 

Christ was the High King of Heaven. In Colossians 1:15-20, Paul describes him as:

 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

  

…who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. [1]

 

Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.   But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.   All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him    the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people? And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.    Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes n offering for sin, e shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. ut of the anguish of his soul he shall see nd be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, ake many to be accounted righteous, nd he shall bear their iniquities.Terefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors. [2]

 

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus. [3]

~Samuel Kordik
sskordik AT gmail.com


[1] Philippians 2:6-8 (ESV)

[2] Isaiah 53:4-12 (ESV)

[3] Philippians 2:5



Emotional Drama
February 16, 2007, 3:50 am
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The last few weeks I have been doing clinical ride outs as part of my Paramedic course. These involve going on either an ambulance or in the hospital and gaining field experience in skills and in dealing with real human patients.
I've seen and dealt with some pretty amazing stuff–I've seen car wrecks where the guy would have died if it weren't for the skilled intervention of a surgeon; I've seen clinically dead patients in cardiac arrest come back; I've seen sick people healed—I've even saved some lives. All pretty cool experiences.
A lot of people hear I am doing paramedics tend to freak out about the trauma side of things. FOr me, I've seen some nasty trauma–I've seen, touched, dealt with real live trauma that makes Saving Private Ryan and Blackhawk Down look like children's movies. Pretty nasty; however it doesn't seem to affect me.
What does affect me, though, is the human side of medicine…sick people, worried people, and so on. Like the 45 year old lady (I could've sworn she was younger) who grabbed my hand and looked me in the eyes and told me how scared she was. Prior to a surgery a year ago, she had never been in a hospital, never had an IV, never had any medical problems. All of a sudden, she was having some fairly major complications to a surgery. She was so sweet–put on a face and was trying to make light of it to the medics who brought her in, but when they left, and it was just me and her, she was very scared. What could I say? What can you say? It's not "just
fine." She might not "get better." The doctors might not be able to "fix it." How could I allay her fears? What could I possibly say? I only was able to agree, to say something like "This is really difficult, isn't it. We will take the best care we can of you." But for me, the hotshot healthcare provider, it is very difficult. Tears me up inside.
Then there was an elderly woman who came in in cardiac arrest and was shortly afterwards pronounced dead by the doctor. When you work a code, it is very busy. The room is full of people and procedures. Somebody is bagging, someone is doing CPR, others are cutting off clothes, still others attaching monitor stickers and starting IVs and giving drugs. The doctor kind of floats around, giving orders, directing people, like a conductor leading an orchestra. Now
and then he'll dart in to do some advanced procedure like starting a central line or using the ultrasound machine to look at the heart. Your adrenaline gets going, and even though the pt. is clinically dead, you desperately want to bring her back. Its happened, I've seen them come back. That is a great feeling. But this patient wasn't coming back. After a brief few minutes that
seemed like an hour, the doctor took one more look and called the code. "Time of death, 10:35," and then he left to inform the family (surely the worst job of all). Meanwhile, people trickle out of the room, somewhat disappointed, somewhat relieved, all returning to their previous tasks or positions. Finally, it was only me and the nurse left. We cleaned the patient up, got her looking presentable for the family, and printed off the flat-line strips. Emotionally, that is very rough. This is the first person I've seen die in over a year. It is rough because we've worked so many codes in the last few weeks and seen them all come back. To not get one is very difficult.
One of the most difficult experiences during clinicals was helping a doctor reduce a severely dislocated shoulder. I have never seen that much pain and hope I never seen it again. Witnessing that made me physically weak.
It is difficult to see the heart side of the patients—more than just having physiological problems, they have emotional and psychiatric and spiritual problems as well. I've grown accustomed to seeing blood and guts and gore–it doesn't phase me at all. Although I dislike it, I can take the smells and the sights. But seeing the "emotional trauma" is much more difficult. I doubt I can become jaded to it (few people are), and I know it I'll only see more of it. And unlike the blood and guts, the emotional impact stays with me. I can't forget about it, or leave it "at work." I get back to the dorm, back to "normal" life (whatever that is…) and the heavy feeling is still there.
This is a side of medicine I wasn't prepared for. But, I trust, God will help me through this.
I appreciate your prayers as I continue to learn how to save people's physical lives.
– Samuel Kordik
sskordik@gmail.com



The Fundamentals of Becoming a Warrior
January 6, 2007, 11:35 pm
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Recent thought and discussions have led me to the following outline for what
it means to be a warrior:
1. We are here to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. His glorification is accomplished most as we seek His kingdom and make it our number one priority.
2. For men specifically, God wants us to adopt the attitudes of warriors. Our
attle is not one of flesh and blood but is spiritual. And real.
3. The Warrior Attitude, then, consists of four key characteristics:
a. Self-Sacrificing: Our model, Christ gave all for us. What can we give for Him?
b. Passionate: A Warrior differs from a Soldier in that a warrior’s war is personal. He has invested himself in the cause and it is his. God’s cause must be our cause, and God’s will our will.
c. Disciplined: This sets the men apart from the boys. A warrior is disciplined, training himself in all things to be the best he can.
d. Excellent: Special Forces demand the best of the best. So should Christians – after all, our father is the King of the universe. Our work should reflect its royal heritage.
4. The Warrior attitude will come out in actions.
The warrior will not:
– Become entangled in civilian pursuits.
– Lose focus through distractions.
– Engage in harmful activities.
– Look back
The warrior will:
– Train for success
– Defend those who cannot defend themselves.
– Fight the good fight of the faith.
– Endure hardships
– Prepare for the future.

I hope this outline is helpful for you to explore this concept more thouroughly. It is my hope to turn this outline into a more robust book, and I have a more detailed outline (along with sections expanded into articles) in progress.