I have an extraordinary amount of spare time on my hands. In July of 2004 I began having health problems and within a few days I was diagnosed as having Cardiomyopathy. Some folks call it congestive heart failure. Most of the people my age (45) claim to have never heard of it. Most ask "Isn't there some kind of surgery you can have to fix it?" When I say "No, not really. Only a heart transplant, or a miracle from God" they look at me quizzically and say "Are you sure?, maybe there's something out there you don't know about." I tell them I'm sure and they act like they don't believe it. They might see me and since I don't look sick and may actually have energy or just had a three hour nap assume that everything is just fine. "Why aren't you working?" "Because I have a bad heart." " But you look fine, I thought you were doing okay." I say, " The truth is that somedays I can walk two miles and somedays I need an extra 4 hours sleep right in the middle of the day." Then they go home and go to sleep and to work and forget the conversation they just had. I see them the following week or maybe two weeks later. Sometimes I repeat the same conversation with the same people over and over and over. I'm using a little hyperbole here and I don't really blame them because sometimes they just don't know what to say but you see, I have an extraordinary amount of spare time on my hands. There are 24 hours in a day and when most of your life you've worked 8 to 12 hours any given day, time begins to move like it did when you were a kid. Very slowly. There is too much time to think. I hope I haven't become jaded but I've come to believe that most of us are just going through the motions. If it hasn't happened to us individually then most of us have not idea what the other is going through. We are all mostly a selfish bunch, living in a bubble. And it's not that we don't want to help it's that we don't know how to help.
My computer just crashed and I lost a bunch of cool why me, pity party stuff but here's the main question I have. If in this Christian experience we are all given different and varying levels of gifts to complete the Body then should I realisticially expect someone who has the gift of prophecy, or administration or music or whatever to emphathize, symphathize with mine or anybody elses sickness? Wouldn't it be better for me to know your gifts before I start expecting something from you (vice versa) that you can't give?