Thursday, July 26, 2018

Why is this my lot?

A 61 year old man sits alone on a bench.  He is hot, he needs a haircut, he has body odor, he is homeless.  He lives under a bridge and pushes his belongings around town in a shopping cart.  He is estranged from his family.  He has some sort of small mental deficiency.  His family does not want him around.  That hurts.  He is homeless.  While sitting on the bench, reflecting on his life, he thought, "why is this my lot in life?"

A 61 year old man sits in the doctor's office.  He has just been told that he has terminal cancer.  3-6 months to live.  His wife of 40 years sits in the chair next to him and begins to sob. He has three children and five grandchildren.  He is close to them all.  He can't bear the thought of leaving them or telling them goodbye.    While sitting in the chair, he thinks to himself, "why is this my lot in life?"

A 61 year old man floats in his swimming pool.  His body is cradled and supported by a pool noodle.  A screened in lanai insures that he is not bothered by the insects.  In his hand he holds a bourbon and diet.  The sun is kept off of his head by a shade sail overhead.  The all 70's station from Amazon Music is playing by blue-tooth through his portable sound system.  He has everything that he could possibly need.  And he has this thought, "why is this my lot in life?"

Dear friends, we who are not homeless and we who are not sick, we who have pretty charmed lives need to remind ourselves from time to time of a few things.

1.  Always be thankful.  Our problems are boring.
2.  No matter how hard or how long we worked for this, we don't deserve it.  It is a gift from God.
3.  May our hearts be filled with compassion, may our wallets be open to those in need.
4.  We all need each other, we all matter.

What is your lot in life?  Why is that your lot in life?

It's a beautiful day in God's world be sure to see the good.
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I am leading some trips this year and next. If you are interested in reading about them, or joining in, the links are below.....

Wesley's Ireland with optional London Extension
October 8-17, 2018

Holy Land Tour - includes my favorite spots
with optional Jerusalem extension
March 4-13, 2019

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