Thinking Out Loud

May 24, 2015

Quality of Life

Filed under: Christianity, writing — Tags: , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 7:47 am

Essay of the WeekI usually see him at church.

He lives in a house for developmentally challenged adults.

Unlike me, he can’t just get in a car and go somewhere, and yet he truly gets around.

He has no fashion sense, yet neither he is encumbered by having to worry about clothing, its availability, cost, cool factor, and what color goes with what other color.

He isn’t blessed with perhaps all the right social graces, and yet I think he knows when people are taking a general interest in him as opposed to those who are just playing him in a conversation.

He didn’t sweat the income tax deadline. He doesn’t have to worry about renewing his drivers license. I doubt his life is complicated by remembering user names and passwords.

His love for God is a genuine priority in his life.

…So there I am, lying in bed at 4:00 AM one day this past week and suddenly I start thinking about him.

And I started asking myself who has the better quality of life?

If you meet him, he will tell you about an upcoming week he’s going to be spending at a Bible conference. Honestly, given the right speaker that week, I would love to be able to take a week off with my wife and have a place to stay and all meals provided.

But look, already I’ve qualified it. I want it to be a certain type of Bible teacher. He’s not worried about who the guest speaker is. He’s not going to critique the worship team. He’s not about to second guess the lunch menu.

He was recently told that due to staff changes where he lives, he would have to change churches. So he did. Willfully. Peaceably. Not for some doctrinal reason. Not because he didn’t like the percentage of the budget allocated to missions. Not because so-and-so was elected to another three-year term on the church board. Not because he didn’t like the new chairs. The change was made for him, and he just went with it.

At the new church, everybody knows him.

And everybody likes him.

And he likes everybody.

Like I said, I wonder who has the better quality of life?



  1. This is why. Instead of thinking to be more like him – de stressed, you rather think of how advantageous he is over you. Not being offensive, but seriously?

    Comment by Phoenix. — May 24, 2015 @ 7:56 am

    • …So there I am, lying in bed at 4:00 AM one day this past week and suddenly I start thinking about him.

      So yes, 4:00 AM seriously. However, I was not in any way proposing to trade places.

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — May 24, 2015 @ 1:53 pm

  2. What a great word this morning for me! Thank you Lord!

    Comment by Godhasnolimit — May 24, 2015 @ 9:42 am

  3. We’ve always thought that the down-syndrome kids we’ve met in church are something akin to angels in disguise. There’s something eerily holy about them … they’re some mysterious beings who seem to have it all worked out. The love in their eyes, their enthusiasm, their humour. Mind-blowingly beautiful children and people.

    Comment by Flagrant Regard — May 25, 2015 @ 1:16 am

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