We are marketing a hotel in Oxford, AL. If you have never been to Oxford, it’s really no big deal. Small. Old. But not historic old. Like 1975 old. A few gas stations and a Starbucks. Oh, and a Western Sizzler. I’m sure you are getting the picture.
Brad went to visit and take pictures this week. As the general manager was walking him around, they made small talk. As they walked by the pool, Brad jokingly asked her if she ever skipped work and just jumped in the pool. She laughed and said ‘no.’
As a matter of fact, she didn’t even know how to swim. She dreamed of going to the Bahamas but yet she didn’t know how to swim. She knew what her goal was, yet she wouldn’t even know what to do once she got there.
The other funny thing was that she had never been outside of Oxford, AL. Keep in mind, Oxford is about 45 minutes from Birmingham and about an hour and a half outside of Atlanta. Close to several large cities.
So when I say she’s never been outside of Oxford, she has literally never left once. Not for a vacation. Not for a week. Not even for a day.
She’s 36 years old.
I find that story so sad. I know that so many people, myself included, are doing our part to help starving children, orphans, homeless people and whatnot. We help the people that have needs and that is fantastic; it’s what we are supposed to do.
But I feel myself drawn to this lady. This lady that has food, water, a home and a decent job; yet she seemingly has not really lived.
I get that. It makes sense to me. I know how it feels like to be there. And in many ways I was and still am ‘her’.
I connect with the people that are emotionally and relationally imprisoned. Some consciously and some subconsciously. While their immediate needs are met they (sometimes) forget to learn and go hard after life.
You just never know.
Maybe they drive a beat up car and work at a hotel. Maybe they wear a power suit and drive home in their Lexus.
Neither is right or wrong, I’m just saying it looks different.
There’s more out there. There’s more to see. More to do. More to learn. More life to live and more of a Savior to know.
So whatever your goal is in life; go for it. I mean really go for it. And learn along the way.
Because it sure would be a shame to get all the way to the Bahamas and not know how to swim in that beautiful water.