Have you ever used the phrase, “trying to make it through,” to describe your living out of a day?
For example, a co-worker greets you around mid-afternoon with a polite “How’s it going?” Then you find yourself replying, “Just trying to make it through the day.” It sounds as if we are ships navigating through uncharted waters, or we’re on an obstacle course trying to avoid bumping into things on our way to the finish line. Whatever the illustration we use, we are indeed on a journey, and each day is a new stretch of that journey.
Now along the way, we are likely to bump into some objects and/or people. And real problems are created when two people, going in opposite directions, bump into each other. When the two come to an impasse, someone is out of their lane, right? Well, maybe not. Perhaps they are both in the correct lane, but someone is going the wrong way. That someone should turn around, assuming that they have the same destination as the other.
But even with people who have the same goal, are traveling in the same direction, and doing so at relatively the same speed, there can be some lane creep. On the actual interstate, when this happens, we blow our horns to alert the creeping driver. Although horns can be annoyingly loud and seem rude at times, in this instance, it’s precisely the right action to take. You’re saving yourself and that person from a potential catastrophe. But in life, in our relationships with people, should we be so quick to blow the rude and annoyingly loud horn when there’s “lane creep” by our family, friends, or associates?
Now my illustration may begin to break down if we press it too far, but my point is this:
We are going to bump into one another and have a little lane creep, even when we have the same goal and destination and are traveling the same direction. But our knee jerk reaction shouldn’t be, “Hey! Move over!” Or “Get back in your lane!” The truth is, I just might be a little tired because the journey feels long sometimes, and the last thing I need is a blasting horn that startles and disorients me. If I am tired, I probably need your shoulder to lean on for a bit while we travel. And while I’m leaning on you, you can remind me that, together, we can make it.
At HealthKeeperz, we share a common goal that is communicated in our mission statement. We want to see God glorified through our caring for one another and the people we serve. To someone outside, that may sound simple enough, right?! But, to those of us who know of all the moving parts that are simultaneously working to bring about that care, it’s not simple at all. And we all bump into each other regularly! That likely will not change, for such is life. But what can change is how I respond to a little lane creep or when things get bumpy. We are indeed in this together, and we are certainly better together.
May God strengthen us all at HealthKeeperz to be humble, selfless, encouraging, and caring pilgrims. May He make us like Barnabas, who was simply like Jesus.
Yours in Christ,
Chaplain James Chavis