Day 22: What makes you different from everyone else...
Really? Aside from the obvious DNA and whatnot? I don't know, I don't think I am all that different from a lot of people in many ways. Ok, maybe not everyone ooohs and aaaahs over junk shops, old typewriters, hot tea on a cold morning, and such. But they should. ;)
I think that, though there are many things that make us all different, there is one that also makes us the same. Our human nature. At the end of the day, I am just another person, who has the same selfish motives as the next guy or gal. I want what I want, when I want it. Maybe you can relate???
We like to think though, that deep down, we are kinda' good. Surely we would not be like Casey Anthony or some fame hungry celebrity or even, some power hungry political figure. Really? You say "Not me. I would never do that." Think for a minute. Do you think it was Casey Anthony's greatest goal in life to kill her daughter and then get acquitted for it? Do we really think that was her best plan to become (in)famous? I am not by any means excusing her or mine or anyone else's wrong choices. (or the justice that needs to be served in relation to them.) I am just trying to get you to see that the phrase "But for the grace of God, there go I." Is. So. Very. True.
Ask yourself some what ifs...
What if I had a different childhood? parents?
What if I had smoked that joint thinking it would just be once?
What if I had lost that job and ended up doing anything to make money?
What if, what if, what if? We need to stop thinking we are good. We aren't. I'm not. You aren't. Until you have been put in the position, you cannot truly say, "Well I would..." You can and should have standards you want to keep and maintain, but don't confuse your desire to be holy, with actual acts of holiness.
You are a powerful business man, you are given anything you want to make you happy. Would you be able to turn down that girl they send to your hotel room? It's easier to say "YES!" when you work in a small office and your biggest temptation is to not steal the last donut. You are a talented singer, and get a rapid, non-stop shot to fame. Suddenly, you are THE hottest thing out there. Just a little nudity is all they ask for that next video. "Well I would never!" You cry. Really? Probably a lot easier to say when your microphone is your hairbrush and your audience is your dog.
I am just trying to say, and I hope some of you read this and understand... We are all more alike than we think. I thank God that one thing I am, is forgiven...