Archive for January 5th, 2009
“Let Me Not Be Blind with Privilege”
This is a line in a song we sang this weekend at the Northwest campus. When I first heard this line it made me think mostly of material privileges: house, clothes, food, etc. But the more I experience in ministry, the more this line takes on a new meaning.
Privilege can mean anything, from a job you love, to a close-knit family untainted by pain or death, to having every need provided because of an amazing support system of friends or loved ones. These are privileges many people don’t have.
A lot of people live out of their pain, not knowing where to turn. Ever wonder why that co-worker is so hard to get along with? Or why the checkout lady at the store is so negative? Or why that parent is so controlling? Sometimes when they lash out of that pain our tendency is to lash back. But maybe they haven’t had the privileges we’ve had…
So my prayer as I continue in ministry, or as you continue in your motherhood, or business, your teaching or caretaking, your job or just everyday life, is that we would not be blinded by our privileges. My prayer is that we would take the time to see the pain that others might be going through and offer them a little kinder a gesture than the rest of the world has offered.
- What privileges do you have that are easy to be blinded by?
- Will you join me in opening our eyes to the pain that is around us?
- What can we do to reach out?
(Silent readers, it’s time to make your voice known!)