Got Your Shot?

My boys – aged 4 and 2, absolutely love to play pretend. One minute our home is just a regular home, the next minute it’s been converted into space, a rocket ship, or a fantasy island full of hidden treasure. It never ceases to amaze me, how much fun they can have with the most basic things. I’ve had super heroes rescuing me from all sorts of danger. I’ve had great princes come visit me, and I’ve been on a rocket ship a million and one times, all thanks to the kids! lol.

One day, our home had become a doctor’s office. My 4yr old was the doctor, and my 2yr old and I were the patients. Our very capable and efficient doctor was always on top of everything. Let out a little sneeze or cough, and he’s right by your side with your prescription. “It’s time for your shots“!! The doctor said that morning. “This might hurt just a little bit, but it’ll make you feel better, ok?” He came around and gave us our shots, one by one – as often as we needed them. We got shots when we were sick, and we got vaccination shots to prevent us from getting sick in the future. My 2 yr old was really excited and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

And then my 2yr old got tired of getting shots. He wanted to give the shots for a change. “It’s your turn now!” he said to my 4yr old. “Come here, it’s time to get your shots, come quick!” My 4yr old burst out laughing. “That’s so silly!” He exclaimed, waving his little brother off. “Doctors don’t need shots!” He gave me a knowing look, expecting me to agree. I laughed and explained that even though doctors give shots and help make people better, they also need shots regularly too.

This reminded me of the fact that as children of God, we are sometimes doctors, and sometimes patients. Yes, our heavenly father is the great physician we can always depend on. But we are all working alongside God, taking turns being the “doctor” or the “patient”… regularly learning and applying truths from God’s word, as well as ministering to each other in love. Sometimes that hurts, sometimes it doesn’t.

But one thing is for sure – regardless of where we are in our relationship/standing with God. Whether we are “babies” or whether we’ve been believers for 50 years, we all need our shots. We may sometimes (subconsciously) act like we don’t need shots, especially if we’ve been Christians for a long time. Or if we’ve been in the position of ministering God’s love to others – giving other people shots and helping them feel better when it hurts, and helping others grow and develop every day. We gain strength from God’s word, our communication/relationship with God, and from the fellowship we share with each other. We encourage each other, minister to each other, strengthen each other, and uphold each other. We give shots along with cookies and hot cocoa and help each other feel better when we are “sick”, as well as stay on track and prevent each other from getting sick in the future.

But we are all members of the same body, young and old. We all learn from each other, build each other up, and help each other grow one way or another.

So please, join me in remembering that we all need our shots regularly – sometimes they’ll hurt a little – and your very next shot might end up coming from someone way younger than you are!:)!.

Here’s the Verse/Thought Of The Day (Thanks Sarah!)
“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” – Proverbs 27:17 (NIV)

And another useful reminder -
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV) See More Great Verses

I pray that we will all learn from, encourage and sharpen each other…always!:)!

Much Love & Blessings,

Bomi Jolly

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33 Responses to Got Your Shot?
  1. Abi
    March 2, 2010 | 11:01 AM

    Bomi, this note was a blessing to me, as usual. You are so right, We all have something to learn from each other. no matter how old or how young, we have not arrived. It’s so good to have you back!

  2. HexyDre
    March 2, 2010 | 11:06 AM

    Nice! Nice…wonderful message.
    Thanks for sharing this and ‘giving us the shot’ today. In my own case I need to start giving shots, been receiving so much of recent I might get constipated.
    Its great to have Jollynotes back!
    Have a blessed week :D

  3. Tomi
    March 2, 2010 | 11:27 AM

    I need my daily shot of jolly notes. Thanks this shot came just on time! Missed you!

  4. Bomi Jolly
    March 2, 2010 | 12:35 PM

    @Abi – Thanks a lot, appreciate you taking the time to read and comment. I like the way you put it – “We have not arrived”. So true. Thank you Abi!

    @Hexy – loool. Oh boy please don’t get constipated from getting too many shots!! lmao… It’s a great point though – Too much of a good thing can quickly become bad! So go drink some hot cocoa and cookies ok;) Have a blessed week too Hexy – thank you:)!

    @ Tomi – Missed you too girl!!! Glad to hear this was timely!! Thank you for taking the time to read/share…

  5. Seyidudu
    March 2, 2010 | 11:41 AM

    Hi Bomi, I was wondering what happened to Jolly Note plus you weren’t on FB urself. I guess I got so busy that I don’t get to come on FB as much as before but then this Note really blessed be so much.Thanks for always blessing us with your Notes. I believe 2010 will bring out this best in you and your vision. Miss ya and how are the boys and Flo?

  6. Ife
    March 2, 2010 | 11:49 AM

    Thanks, Dr. Bomi, for giving me my daily shot of inspirational words. Now I’m off to find my own patient! lol.

  7. tope
    March 2, 2010 | 1:09 PM

    Hi, got me three little fellas too….and one really learns a lot watching them play.The write up was good and the concept is cool…wishing you all the best!!!!!

  8. Oluranti
    March 2, 2010 | 2:38 PM

    It was very lovely reading this and very apt… Takes Bomzee :-)

  9. Bomi Jolly
    March 2, 2010 | 3:49 PM

    @Seyi – Thanks so much! I was working on the Bible verse topics, so I took a little time off the notes earlier. It’s good to write again… Amen to your prayers, appreciate it! We are all doing great. Thanks!

    @Dr Ife – I’ll be your patient next, it’s my turn!! LOL!! Thanks a lot Ife:)!

    @Tope, Oluranti – Thanks for stopping by and for sharing… and thank you very much for the kind comments!!

  10. Christy
    March 2, 2010 | 4:01 PM

    Thanks for the message may God continually bless ur work, for being such a great inspiration.

  11. Mia
    March 2, 2010 | 4:35 PM

    So glad I found this site! You are a blessing…

  12. Tola
    March 3, 2010 | 4:36 AM

    Well worth the wait, Bomi :-)
    Getting some shots at the moment, so this is a good reminder that it is but for a while… Thanks dear.

  13. Bomi Jolly
    March 3, 2010 | 7:02 AM

    @Christy – Amen… thanks a lot for taking the time to read! Thanks Christy!
    @Mia – Thank you! it’s great to have you here!
    @Tola – Thanks Tola, glad it was good for you! truly…it is but for a while…but we find that it’s all worth it…when we all continually help each other out. Thank you Tola~

  14. Asifa
    March 3, 2010 | 9:53 AM

    I agree with you. I am thankful that I get my daily shots from my friends & family without any reservations!!

  15. Anietie
    March 3, 2010 | 1:00 PM

    I read this and more than minister to me, it screamed out humility. Sometimes in our quest to ride the high-horse we fail to acknowledge that we are hurting and do need a shot of grace and healing words from others. We do not always have the answers.
    Thank you Dr. Bomi and sons for the inspirational dose.

  16. Ope
    March 3, 2010 | 9:06 PM

    Great word, Bomi!
    Welcome back. I missed reading JollyNotes.
    May we always remember that we are one body and we need each other.
    Love you girl and God bless you.

  17. Bomi Jolly
    March 3, 2010 | 9:59 PM

    @Asifa – Friends/Family are the best, aren’t they? No reservations – I like that! I too am extremely thankful for friends and family.. Thanks Asifa!
    @Anietie – “We do not always have the answers…” So so true… I hope we always keep that in mind – Thanks Dr Anietie for the wise words=).
    @Ope – Thank you very much:)! …May we always remember – “we are one body, we all need each other..” Amen and Amen! Thanks Ope.. Love you too!

  18. Bunmi Zoe
    March 4, 2010 | 4:40 AM

    Now I need to go get my shot!!! TFS sis

  19. akaBagucci
    March 4, 2010 | 2:34 PM

    Lessons from the most mundane of circumstances.. Nice..

    Thanks for stopping by..

  20. deidra
    March 4, 2010 | 7:42 PM

    What a sweet snapshot from everyday life to point us right back to our Father! Thanks so much for this note, and for your “note” today at (in)courage!

  21. Bomi Jolly
    March 4, 2010 | 11:27 PM

    @Bunmi – lol!! That sounds like a great idea! Thank you Bunmi!
    @ Bagucci – Thanks a bunch! Glad to hear you liked it.
    @Deidra – I really hope that will always be the case here…I hope everything we talk about will always point to our Father:)! Thanks Diedra… good to know it was good for you!

  22. Kat
    March 5, 2010 | 1:12 AM

    awww…loved it!

  23. Teye
    March 5, 2010 | 8:56 AM

    A word in season for me,tanx for sharing,may God continue to strengthen u, as well as inspire u thru d boys too…..Lol!.

  24. Toju
    March 6, 2010 | 7:10 PM

    Hey Sis. This is so true… And let me add one more verse: Deep calleth unto deep. Here a little, and there a little… Love you. xXx

  25. Bomi Jolly
    March 6, 2010 | 8:01 PM

    @Kat – Thanks a lot:)!
    @Teye – That’s wonderful – thanks for the comments and the kind prayers.. Amen!! lol..
    @Toju – Thanks for sharing, love you too!

  26. Anahid
    March 7, 2010 | 2:16 PM

    This is so true! Although the shots tends to hurt more when they’re coming from someone younger lol.

  27. downtheaisle
    March 9, 2010 | 3:40 AM

    why am I just finding your page…very inspiring post!
    I am rushing off to read your older posts.

  28. Holley Gerth
    March 9, 2010 | 8:44 PM

    Beautiful post, Bomi! Thank you so much for your wise words!

  29. Bomi Jolly
    March 10, 2010 | 1:52 PM

    @Anahid – “Although the shots tends to hurt more when they’re coming from someone younger”… lol! I couldn’t agree more! Thanks Anahid!
    @DowntheAisle, Holley
    Thanks so much for taking the time to read and to share, as well as for your encouraging words. Very glad you found this useful. Stay blessed:)!

  30. kike
    March 12, 2010 | 11:56 PM

    you jst shot me a good shot… Yipee jolly notes back 4 gud after so much hunger & thirst 4 it but a 9ce one after al these yrs of waiting.
    I laffed 4 lyk 7 minutes after i read d part d patient wanted 2 become d doctor and d doctor refused 2 b d patient. A pastor once raised dis prayer point in church dat “God,if i were you,i will bless me” and it made alot of sense to me and i wished it cld happen 4 jst a second. God daily gives us shots directly or indirectly 4m diff angles. May we nt mis our daily shots needed 4 d heavenly journey.
    Thanks 4 ur words of wisdom alwz. I wish i cld get a strand of ur hair & attach 2 mine so i can drink 4m ur well of wisdom…. I dont av 2 get a strand of ur hair bcos am fetching and drinkin 4m d wel of jolly notes. Wel done dia. More grace 2 ur strength.

  31. Youth Arise Network
    March 23, 2010 | 11:42 AM

    It is really wonderful to learn this life concept from the funny activities of our children, its very good reminder that we cannot be the ‘Big Boss’ all the time…we need our shots at one point or the other as we walk through life under God’s eyes. God bless you for sharing this rev.

  32. Oghale
    May 1, 2011 | 6:05 PM

    Thank you soo much…i sure do need encouragement every now and then as the roaring waves of life have a way of seeming soo great…
    Friends…Christian friends are rare treasures in this life…

    God’s blessings on your life.

  33. Bomi Jolly
    May 3, 2011 | 8:58 AM

    @Kike, Youth Arise, Oghale -

    Thanks so much for taking the time to read and to share, as well as for your encouraging words. Very glad this was a positive experience for you.
    Yep – no one can be the big boss all the time lol.
    & Yes Thank God for the blessing of true friendship!
    Thanks a lot folks, God bless you too!