A family member has fallen on hard times.
No, not one of my kids – they are doing great – thank you for asking.
I wish I could say the troubles were caused by the down- turn of the economy, or a natural disaster. But they weren’t. The troubles were self inflicted with bad decisions followed by more bad decisions, with the end result of a hole so deep that no matter how hard the eyes strain, the light of day cannot be seen. It was time to step in and offer a hand of support. That decision was not easy to come by.
Many conversations were had well into the night. Conversations about tough love. Conversations about protecting ourselves and what we have struggled and worked so hard to have – both physically emotionally. The bond between husband and wife can’t be jeopardized in the process of helping someone else.
This move on our part is not charity, but rather an effort to guide someone we love and care about deeply, onto the path of self-sufficiency and self-love. Surely if those two things are in place, the right decisions will follow. Personally, I believe the inclusion of God is key, but that is a very personal decision. My beliefs in that regard will be seen by example.
I’m not going to pretend that I don’t feel anger and resentment. “I’m very pissed at you right now” were my exact words. The feeling of resentment hasn’t been voiced. Somehow that feels very un-Christian.
Pretending that this isn’t going to have a huge impact on us would be silly. It is going to mean many trips driving someone who no longer has a driver’s license into town. Trips for court dates, mandated classes, job hunting, welfare application, unemployment… on and on… Our barn is no longer filled with hay, but rather someone else’s worldly possessions. Our downstairs is no longer a playground for the grandchildren or a late night getaway for us. It is a safe haven for someone who currently needs one.
I am somewhat embarrassed to admit that I always said this is something I wouldn’t do – bail someone out of stupidity. But now that the opportunity has presented itself, I realized… it’s the right thing to do.
I wrote this in the first person since this is my blog, but Jim and I are in this together.