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Why NOT Me?



Have you ever asked yourself, "Why Me?

Why is this happening to me? Why am I sick? Why am I stuck in traffic? Why do I have to clean my room? Why did I stub my toe? Why can't I find a job? Why can't I get the girls? Etc.

I think the answer would have to be, why not me?

We only say "why me" when we think that we're the only ones suffering. But we're not.

A lot of people have to wait in traffic, or get sick, or lose their job. Some people have it even worse than we do - homeless, or have cancer, or live in a war zone, or are starving to death, etc. Why shouldn't it be happening to me.

Not to dismiss anyone's problems. Some of them can be quite serious. Sometimes we need help from others. But, I don't think feeling sorry for ourselves is part of the solution to our problems.

In fact, we could take it a step further. My buddy Greg caught cancer. You know what he used to say? Not that he was glad to have cancer, but, knowing that a certain number of people statistically were going to get cancer, he figured, if he had it, maybe that meant that someone else didn't have to have it. Crazy, hey? Maybe in this way, we can see our suffering as a sharing in the suffering of Jesus himself - just like the Bible says.

So the next time I catch a cold, I'll probably still complain (I haven't reached sainthood yet), but, I know I'll be saying, why NOT me?