I’ve been struck by two things recently that seem to contradict each other.
The first is that I’ve heard a lot of people say “The economy is so hot right now!”
Granted I don’t really know what they mean. But I believe them. Partly because they seem like the kinds of guys who would know. And partly because I see lots of buildings going up everywhere. So I guess, the economy is so hot right now.
But the other thing I notice is that there seem to be more people holding signs asking for money than there were even a year ago.
Moms holding a baby in one hand and a cardboard sign asking for help in the other, standing next to the drive-thru at Chick-fil-a. That feels new. It feels wrong. And it feels like the opposite of the economy being so hot right now.
And more than anything, it makes me feel powerless.
I want to help. I do help. I’m sure you do too.
And at the same time, I’ve heard the same story, so many times, always with more details than I can keep track of, of job offers in other cities and cars that need gas, that I’ve become a little hardened to just how hard it is to be poor and vulnerable in this city.
People are in trouble. They are taken advantage of, stepped on, overlooked, and cast aside.
And I want to help, but I don’t know how.
Or more precisely, I don’t know how to help and still have my life stay exactly as it is.
So if that’s something that you struggle with too, keep reading.