Last week, we sent an e-mail to all members, announcing a recent transition in leadership here at Liberty HealthShare. In case you missed it, here's the text of that e-mail and a special video message from Larry Foster, our new CEO.
From time to time, a member reaches out to us with a particular perspective and an offer to share his or her knowledge with fellow members. This was the case with Marcia W., a member and chef from New Jersey who was gracious enough to pass along some information on her experience of eating "close to the earth," along with a recipe for our readers to try. We followed up with Marcia and asked her to share a little bit more about how her philosophy regarding food relates to her Liberty HealthShare membership.
Up until a few weeks ago, it seemed warm weather would never arrive for the northern part of the United States. Thankfully, it seems spring (and in some places, summer) temperatures have finally arrived and even better, it looks like they are here to stay! However, along with longer, warmer days, comes a need to consider sun safety and the risk of skin cancer.
You may or may not be aware that skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. It is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer since the majority of cases are associated with exposure to UV radiation from the sun. May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, so now is a great time to think ahead about how you will protect yourself and your family from unhealthy sun exposure this summer.
...I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.
1 Corinthians 9:22-23 (ESV)
We live in a time when many people feel they must identify with a group or "tribe" in order to have a voice. Despite the fact that our culture elevates individualism, there is palpable pressure to align with a voting bloc or social movement. Don't believe it? Just watch the news or scroll through your social media feed. We aren't exempt in the Church either, where there is a real tendency to place ourselves and others in denominational, theological boxes.
The Apostle Paul, however, had a very different understanding of identity.
It's amazing what a warm bowl of chicken noodle soup can do for a person when they are sick. Even just saying the words "chicken noodle soup" somehow magically makes the immune system perk up. After a few weeks of traveling, inconsistent sleep, and everyday stress, I was bound to attract any germs that were floating around waiting to attack a vulnerable immune system.
But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. 1 Corinthians 1:27-29 (ESV)
The Bible often references the fact that to God, the things the world prizes are useless, while those things the world dismisses turn out to be what matters most.
Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, and for as many years as we have seen evil. Let your work be shown to your servants, and your glorious power to their children. Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands! Psalm 90:14-17 (ESV)
The Psalms are filled with raw, honest reactions to life's difficulties. Balanced with bold questioning of God and requests for rescue, however, are reverent acknowledgments of His goodness and the rightness of His ways, even when we don't understand them.
Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? Romans 2:3-4 (ESV)
It's part of the human condition for us to slip into patterns of judgment. We feel more comfortable when we can place people in "boxes;" as though the messiness of human relationship is more manageable when we have measured and quantified others.
One of the things our members appreciate most about Liberty HealthShare is the flexibility they enjoy. Because we emphasize both freedom and personal responsibility and do not restrict how, when, or where our members access healthcare professionals, they can choose what is best for them and their families.
This relieves many of the usual healthcare headaches for members who travel, from retirees to those involved in business around the country (or the world). As we recently discovered, healthcare freedom through membership is also coming in handy for the members of Redhead Express, an up-and-coming band.
Here at Liberty, we love to meet and get to know our members better. One way we are looking to increase these interactions is through occasional, regional "Member Meet-Up" gatherings. On the evening of March 20th, members of our Communications Department hosted the first meeting of this kind at a restaurant in Tampa, Florida. As it was our first event, we weren't quite sure what to expect, but we're glad to say the evening went wonderfully.