EVERY life matters.
I have been praying and considering all points of view during this civil crisis in our country.
We have been battling “race wars” for decades.
I believe we can’t say things like “blue lives matter” or “black lives matter” or “unborn lives matter” or any other group lives matter.
Because EVERY LIFE MATTERS. No matter what color, shape, size, age, or special need.
We must stop trivializing things into t-shirt logos. We can’t make a difference by posting things on social media. There is only one way to make things change.
We must realize that the life that matters is the one in front of us.
If I stop to hold the door for the person behind me, I’m saying, “I see you and you are important.”
If I give a few dollars to the kids in line at the Dollar General because they are short to pay for food, I’m saying, “I see you. I understand being a bit short. I care, and I’ve got your back.”
If I stop by my neighbor’s house and bring extra garden produce, I’m saying, “I care about you. I’m checking in on you and sharing my bounty with you.”
If I allow the person behind me in line at the grocery to go ahead of me, I’m saying, “I see you are in a hurry. I am not. I care, and I would like to help make your day a bit less stressful. Please. Go ahead of me.”
If I see a child struggling in school and offer to volunteer to help that child with reading or homework or studying for a test, I’m saying, “I care about your future. I care enough to spend my time helping you.”
If I see an obese or disabled person struggling to reach an item and I get it for them, I’m saying, “I see you. I don’t mind that you have some physical struggles. I will help you because you are important.”
As a veterinarian, I am concerned with one life. The one in front of me. The one I am operating on. The one that I am trying to save from a life-threatening wound. I don’t care if it’s a German Shepherd or a Chihuahua, or a Labrador or a Quarter Horse, or a Jersey cow. I only care that this life in front of me needs me, and I can do something to help.
We must begin to think like this as a society. No matter what person is in front of us, their life matters.
So let’s change this craziness into this motto:
This Life Matters.
Every Life Matters.
You can’t change the world, but you can change YOU. You can change your attitude, your house, and your community.
Be kind. Be considerate. Be caring.
Make every life you come into contact with know that they matter. No matter what they look like.
The life that matters is the one in front of you.
9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
My daughter and her horse at a “glow-in-the-dark” barrel race.
Where all colors and types come together for some good fun.