Author Archives: Tim Hill

God is Life and Life Is Good

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me you might have peace. In the world you have tribulation: but be of good cheer;  I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33

If you have not bought a “Life is good” t-shirt, you’ve probably at least seen one on someone else. My wife loves them! They are made of very comfortable fabric, and she enjoys the one’s with flip-flops or flowers. My favorite “Life is good” t-shirts are the ones with a stick-man “man-ing” the grill, and stick-man playing golf. They are pretty cool shirts.

But think with me for a moment: “Life is good”? I’ve pondered that statement when I look at these shirts, and came up with my own million dollar clichés: “Life is tough, but God is good” – And this one, “God is life, and life is good”. God makes it clear in His word that in this world we will experience some tough times! He doesn’t say tribulation may come…it
might come…if it comes…He makes it clear that at some points on this journey called life that we will “have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the  world.”

All of the “Life is good” t-shirts have stick-man figures of a man, woman, child, or even pets grinning from ear to ear while engaged in an activity they are passionate about. Friends, whatever we are facing today (whether we’re on top of the mountain or deep in a valley) may our passion for God shine at Signature HealthCare. And may we be grinning from ear to ear knowing that whatever is hurled our way, WE WILL OVERCOME – HALLELUJAH!!

Chaplain Tim Hill
Signature Healthcare of North Florida

Positive Communication

“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, only that which is good for the use of building  (others) up, that it may minister grace unto those who hear.”  Ephesians 4:29

I had an awesome opportunity last week to attend a conference. In this conference we were discussing the subject of Positive v/s Negative Communication. Here are a few nuggets of wisdom from that conversation:

The question “Why?”  can be a negative question at times that puts others on the defense.

Ex: “Why aren’t we doing this?” – Negative Communication

The question “How?” can be a positive question at times that invites a solution.

Ex: “How can we do this?” – Positive Communication

The question “What?” can also be a positive question that invites partnership and teamwork.

Ex: “What is our vision in this area?” – Positive Communication

Heavenly Father, help us today to have a positive impact in the positions that you have graciously given. Help us to choose our words and responses (to others words/ or lack of) very carefully. When we react too quickly with our mouth in a negative way, may we ask for forgiveness.  And Lord, may we give forgiveness when others spew negativity on us. Help us this day to have a deeper understanding of Your unconditional love, and to share that divine positive attribute with those around us, as Your Holy Spirit fills our hearts and flows through us.  In your Holy Name, Amen.

Chaplain Tim Hill
Signature Healthcare of North Florida

Glory!

Below is a commentary on God’s glory from Dave Whitehead (Senior Pastor at Grace NYC) I wanted to share with you all today.

“Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth! You have set Your glory above the heavens.” Psalm 8:1

“When we get the implication of this Psalm, we see that God is trying to get our attention through His creation. There is a reason that we feel a sense of peace at a sunset, a sense of wonder at a thunderstorm, or even fear when we get to close to a wild animal. All of these external experiences are a shadow, even a guide, to what we will experience when this earth ends and a new heaven and earth begin. God has set His glory everywhere that we look.” – Dave Whitehead

LORD God Almighty, may we cry out with the seraphims, “…Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of His glory.” ( Isaiah 6:3). Father God, you are awesome in this place! O LORD, our Lord, your name is absolutely majestic! You are worthy of our worship this day! Your glory has been set above the heavens, and also fills the entire earth! May Your Holy Spirit move mightily in all of our lives today, as we experience Your glory afresh and anew! In Your majestic and holy name, amen.

Chaplain Tim Hill, Director of Spirituality,
Signature Healthcare of North Florida

 

A Good Leadership Principle

“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 5:9-10

God seems to accomplish so much through His people when the words “us” and “we” are present; Words of teamwork, partnership, unity, and accord. This leadership principle came to life last Wednesday here at North Florida. We had planned a mid-week Lord’s Supper (Communion) service for Easter week at 10:45 AM in our Main Dining Room. Our little group of about forty folks visited the Crucifixion and Resurrection passages of Christ in Scripture. We also sang the old hymn of the faith “Where You There”. We shared a precious moment of obedience together observing the Lord’s Supper. As I reflect on this wonderful moment from last week, I see our HR Director (Michelle) “doing good” with her gift of playing the piano. I see our Administrator (Brad) “doing good” by leading in prayer. I see our volunteer friend (Josephine) “doing good” by serving any way needed in this service. I see one of our QOL assistants “doing good” by helping residents with shaky and weak hands hold the elements of Communion. What a beautiful moment of unity. What an awesome opportunity to “do good…especially to those who are of the household of faith.”

Our Father, thank you for encouraging us to not grow weary while doing good! You promise that Your timing is impeccable, and in the right time we shall “reap if we do not lose heart.” May we embrace the opportunities that you give us to serve our residents, Stakeholders, volunteers, family, and friends at Signature HealthCare. In your majestic name, Amen

Chaplain Tim Hill
Signature Healthcare of North Florida

 

For The Sins of Many

The Prophet Isaiah Chapter 53

“Who has believed our report? And to whom is the power of the LORD revealed? For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: He has no stately form nor splendor; and when  we shall see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from Him; He was despised and we esteemed Him not. Surely He has borne our sickness, and carried our pains: yet we did reckon Him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him: and with His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone 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: He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before it’s shearers …, so He opens not His mouth.  He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was He stricken.

And He made His grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His death; because He had done no violence, neither was any deceit in His mouth. Yet it pleased the LORD to crush Him; He has put Him to grief: when You shall make His soul an offering for sin. He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.  He shall see the distress of His soul, and shall be satisfied: by His knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for He shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide Him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because He has poured out His soul unto death: and He was numbered with the transgressors, and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”

Heavenly Father, Hallowed is Your name! May Your kingdom come, and Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. Lead us not into temptation, and deliver us from evil; For Thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Chaplain Tim Hill
Signature Healthcare of North Florida

The Night Shift

“Now when He had finished speaking, He said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a catch. And Simon said unto Him, Master, we have labored all night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net. And when they had done this they caught a great multitude of fish: and their net was breaking.” – Luke 5:4-6

One of our Core Four members at North Florida invited me “out into the deep” last week. She presented a great idea of coming in at 5:00 AM and serving our Night Shift hot coffee and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. In the middle of serving our Stakeholders early that morning, I began thinking: this is great for employee appreciation and moral. We had the opportunity to encourage and validate many of our employees that we rarely see because of the “Graveyard Shift”. God presented some awesome opportunities of encouraging Stakeholders in their faith, and also helping one out with a Compassion Fund Application.

Dear Lord, help us as your children not to miss Your voice in the workplace. When You ask us to “launch out into the deep” (when we are exhausted, when we’ve labored , when we feel at the moment things are stagnant) may we have the faith to answer “Nevertheless, at Your word I will…”   “I will visit that resident one more time!  I will try to minister to that family member one more time.  I will keep praying for that Stakeholder! I will be a positive part of our Team at SHC! I will launch out into the deep and let down my nets one more time in faith, because somebody needs a life changing touch from Almighty God today!”  In your name, Amen.

Chaplain Tim Hill
Signature Healthcare of North Florida

Teamwork

“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up.” Ecclesiastes 4:10

As humans, while one makes a difference, two  can accomplish much! I was reminded of this yesterday as I met with my Chaplain Advisory Team at North Florida. Our team is very diverse: Our Quality of Life Director, a volunteer pastor and his wife, a Covenant Hospice volunteer, and yours truly. Our topics were just as diverse: Easter Services, Family Day,
Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon, fund raisers for resident activities, and the possibility of an Antique/Hot Rod Car Show at North Florida. As we prayed together, thought out loud together, and brainstormed together, I was amazed at the UNITY in the midst of DIVERSITY on this awesome team.

Beautiful Lord, thank you for partnerships in life, and especially the partnerships of our Stakeholders and Volunteers. Remind us God that  “…a threefold cord is not easily unraveled.” (Ecclesiastes 4:12) Thank you for being the Third Cord that is wrapped around
our TEAMWORK at Signature HealthCare. In Your name, AMEN!

Chaplain Tim Hill,
Signature Healthcare of North Florida

Freedom

“The Spirit of the LORD GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim FREEDOM to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;…”  Isaiah 61:1

God gave me an awesome opportunity today! I had to make a run to a “local wholesale club” to purchase supplies for our Country Store at North Florida. One of our more active residents, who is also a Resident Volunteer at the Country Store, asked to go with me. After receiving clearance (from all the right channels) we were off! We had a great day just hanging out; Leaving the booming Metropolis of Graceville, Florida, and cruising to Dothan, Alabama, eating lunch at Cracker Barrel, and shopping for the Country Store. As
we were getting close to being back home at North Florida, my friend said to me, “Well, I wasn’t much help to you today, but I hope that I helped a little.” I told him, “You sure did! And, I couldn’t have done it without you!”

Dear Lord, may we be channels of blessings that bring Freedom to our residents! May we not miss the Divine Appointments that you send our way everyday. Help us to slow down and enjoy the simple things in life; like spending an afternoon one on one with Your precious residents and our friends at Signature HealthCare. In your powerful name, AMEN!

Tim Hill, Director of Spirituality at Signature
HealthCare of North Florida
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