I know life is not fair. I know that all of us are not entitled to the same things in life.
But when I think of those things, I tend to think in terms of material things – houses, vacation homes, cars, recreational opportunities, etc.
Access to affordable health care should not be one of those things people are excluded from. Affordable health care should not be relegated to those whose employers pay substantially more for health care for their employees. Heck, affordable health care should be just that – affordable – regardless of your health insurance status.
Our health care system is broken. And it seems the people who don’t understand this are those that currently have health insurance that makes their health care affordable to them.
Try being the person who spends a week’s paycheck on one doctor visit – plus another week’s paycheck on any tests, blood work, biopsies, etc. that may be needed.
Try being the person who forgoes preventive or well care visits because those costs may be the difference in what foods are purchased that week.
And any of us can be in these situations. In 2010, even when employed but with no health insurance, I avoided going to get checked out because of my fear of the costs associated with it. Because I knew paying my mortgage and having a home was necessary also.
Those are not the types of choices we should be forced to make.
Our health care system is broken. And it seems more are interested in keeping it that way than are interested in acknowledging that and finding a solution to fix it.
I’m not one that really gets into traditional traditions (if that makes any sense at all).
I’m one of those guys who thinks we should tell those we love, we love them – not just on Thanksgiving, but on every other day as well. I’m that guy who thinks we should thank God for what we have, not just talk to Him about what we want. I’m one of those who think we spend way too much on useless things for ourselves and for family and friends – that we should spend less and give more. Give more to those people and organizations in need, people who don’t have as much as we do, people who could really benefit from our excess.
So today, I am grateful that millions of people will pause and consider what they have and what they really can be thankful for.
And tomorrow, I pray that some will reconsider how they spend money and just maybe consider giving to others!
I have a confession.
I had begun to feel sorry for myself the last few weeks. This unemployment thing was beginning to get to me. Nine months without a paycheck was starting to affect my self esteem. I was questioning a lot of different things – not the least of which was my judgement! Afterall I am a husband and a father and I still have financial responsibilities in this life!
About the same time as I began this self pity party, God provided some areas for Cyndi and I to take a huge leadership role in. Our church is faced with some good issues – ones that come with rapid growth. Our experience and knowledge are going to prove valuable in these areas.
The first area God has shown me we can lead is in finances. Finances? I know I just admitted to being unemployed for more than nine months! But God is bigger than employment! Cyndi and I have had the opportunities over the past two weeks to share our faith in God to provide, to be bigger than any financial issue and to encourage others to give – yes, to give. To give obediently, to give gladly, to give without regret, to view giving as not only a responsibility but an opportunity – an opportunity to worship!
Everything I have, everthing I have ever had and everything I may have in the future is His. He has entrusted me with a lot of resources. What I do with them is a test. One I hope to pass!
God doesn’t need our money. It’s his to begin with.
As Cyndi and I share the responsibility and blessing of giving, it’s our hope that others will begin to grow and understand that God wants to use our resources as we give them back to him – as we surrender ourselves to Him.
We often think that giving is a financial issue – and to some who have become slaves to debt, it appears to be a financial issue. But giving is really a heart issue – it’s a measure of our relationship with God. Not that if we give a larger $$ amount than anyone else we have a better relationship with God – not that at all. But our love for God and our relationship with Him should be evident in all areas of our lives – the things we treasure show our true love.
God used the past two weeks to show me He has some great things in store for us. I really am excited to see what it will be!