Monday, September 13, 2010

What do you do?

As our weekend came to a close I took a moment to reflect upon our daily rituals. Our family seems to follow pretty much the same schedule over the weekend. We get up on Saturday morning and then me and the kids cook pancakes, waffles, or muffins. Kacee and I then sort receipts and balance the check book. We then usually load up and run to the grocery store before grabbing a bite to eat. There is usually some outside time in the afternoon either at our house or the park. The evening typically drags on before we call it a night. On Sunday we go to church, eat as soon as we get home and I park it on the couch for NASCAR, football, or baseball. Every once in a while things get a bit out of routine like they did this weekend when Kacee and Becton were sick. Occasionally I have to throw some work into the mix as well.

Our schedule is really not the point, nor is my Type-A personality that causes me to live by this schedule! What really grabbed my attention this weekend was how we respond to things around us. Take for example:
  • If someone is sick, we go to the doctor.
  • If we need groceries, we go to the store.
  • If we are hungry while away from home, we go to a restaurant.
  • If we are thirsty, we get water from the faucet.
  • If we have to “go,” we “go” in the bathroom.
  • If we need gasoline, we go to the gas station.
  • If the kids need clothes or shoes, we go to GAP.
  • If our clothes are dirty, we wash them.
  • If we need to be fed spiritually (and we do), we go to church.
  • If the kids want to play, we go to the park.
  • If we need to learn, we go to school.

    What if, however:
  • There is no doctor?
  • There is no grocery store?
  • There is nowhere to eat?
  • There is no running water?
  • There is no sanitary restroom?
  • There is no gas station or even better, there is no car?
  • There is no clothing store or even better, there is no money to buy clothes?
  • There is no clean water to wash clothes?
  • There is no church?
  • There is no park?
  • There is no school.

We (I) loose sight daily of the many, many, many blessings I have. Oh how often we take for granted the simple things in life. I could ask you “what would you do if you did not have these simple things?” However, we are so far from this even being a remote possibility that we truly can’t even imagine what we would do. Instead, I would like to ask you “what would you do if you had the chance to make a difference in the life of someone that didn’t have these ‘simple things.’”
Well? What are you going to do? What are we going to do? Hope this gives you something to think about. Aspire to new heights.

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