Yesterday I received my Red Cross certification in adult first aid, CPR & AED. I opted for the blended course, where there is a few hours’ worth of online learning followed by a 90-minute instructor-led class focusing on skills practice. I realized afterwards that it doesn’t take much effort to learn how to save a life, so why had I waited so long to get certified to love?
In many other areas of my life I would consider myself to be very invested in health and healing. I wear my seat belt in the car and my helmet when riding my bicycle. I drink lots of water and eat whole organic foods. I exercise regularly. I even read books to help me improve my emotional, relational and spiritual health. Yet, all those things are about my health and well-being, not someone else’s.
Of course, we must first care for ourselves if we are to be in any position to care for another, yet I am struck by how self-absorbed my pursuit of healing has been. If I truly desire healing for others, as well as for myself, then I need to be prepared not only with healing words but also with life-saving knowledge that I can put into tangible action. I want to be prepared to love at all times, and I realized that until now, I simply haven’t been.
If you have been have been putting off receiving your certification, or have never even considered being certified to love by learning basic life-saving techniques, I encourage you to contact your local chapter of the Red Cross. It’s easier than you might think. Of course, I hope you will never need to use it. But, if ever you do, it may mean the difference between life and death to someone you know, someone you love, or someone whose life touched yours for only a brief moment and was forever changed.