I am of the opinion lately that people spend far too much time worrying about what they (and those around them) do or do not deserve. What is or is not fair. Who should have and who should have not. Frankly, I’m sick of hearing about it.
I mean who really DESERVES anything? Do you deserve to be rich or sick or poor or well liked? Do you deserve to live in a certain neighborhood, drive a certain car, wear certain clothes? Is it fair that your business is successful while others hate their jobs? That you are able (or unable) to have all the children you want? That your marriage is happy or un-?
The truth is none of us have anything except by the grace of God. So I wonder why we don’t all start acting with a little grace ourselves.
I hear all of the chatter and bickering and round and round and round again about healthcare and I want to scream—Why can’t we all take care of each other? Isn’t that the most decent thing to do? Isn’t that the most Christian thing to do? But instead it becomes a question of who deserves coverage, who deserves quality healthcare, and fear over whether or not me allowing you access to my doctor means less healthcare for me.
This next part may be a little scary to hear, but it’s Halloween so I’m sure you’ll forgive me. It is my firm belief that we are all one job loss, one sick child, one unexpected accident away from being on the other side of this debate. And all the talk about the “others” will become a mouthful of humble pie as we begin to talk about “us.”
I don’t have all the answers. No one does. That’s why we all have to talk instead of shout; create solutions instead of roadblocks; remember the innocents that are caught in the middle of all the chaos-spewing pundits; realize we are all closer to needing, really depending on, a smart solution than any of us would like to admit.
For many of us it was our good fortune to be born into circumstances that have afforded an easy life where much is taken for granted. For others, the security that comes with having the most basic of needs met and the most human of fears allayed is nothing but a dream. It is our great challenge to realize we are all basically the same. To drop the pride and fear that separates us and dig in to do the right thing—for each other. I am convinced that one subtle shift in attitude could change the world and the way we live in it. Naïve? Maybe. Worth a shot? Absolutely.