Life has hard times.
For example, I have been out of toilet paper and had to wash my ass off in the shower. As a kid, me and my younger brother took cold showers together because we didn’t have hot water. As a young adult who was vegan at the time, I lived off of potatoes and ramen noodles (coffee too) it was all we could afford. When it was earlier on in my marriage my wife was pregnant, we had no food, and no car; I rode a bike an easy five miles away, got groceries and balanced four bags on each handle as I rushed home. Once I got home I went to work the swing shift, which lasted until early morning. These are not the worst or most traumatic moments in my life. They are moments I lived through. I am sure there will be more that will be painful, uncomfortable, and sad.
Now, I am a man of faith. That means I turn to God, I pray, I expect everything to go God’s way, that doesn’t mean it goes my way. I do expect some favor, but nothing ridiculous, just a little help here and there. Here is the thing, that has been running through my head this morning:
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.Matthew 7:12 NIV
That do, is what has me talking to God a bit more lately. It is an active word. It is a proactive word and one that holds responsibility to the hearer.
The world is plunging into a hard time. People are getting sick and some dying from it. People are hoarding goods and gouging others for those goods and some life-saving products. Some people are being reckless with the health of others and some act as if the current situation is make-believe. Some are ignoring it and acting as if the problem will go away. The COVID-19 is a global issue, that has given every individual the responsibility to care for each other. My personal life struggles and hardships have been met with the help of family, friends, and the grace of God. In this time of human crisis, God is asking us who we are? Are we going to be instruments for good? Are we going to be pictures of greed and fear? Is life asking us to be more than self-centered consumers? Is God, life, the universe asking us to be the solution? Is this a moment we can be a voice of encouragement, a helping hand, and the reason people feel the love of God?