Hi! My name is Laresa and I am a middle-class stay-at-home-mom from North Carolina. I am a conservative Republican and a Christian.
At this point in my life, I feel very removed from the goings-on in government. I do take the time to research candidates and vote every 4 years, but other than that I don’t care too much about you. I have a feeling that you feel the same about me.
I do catch snippets of news and read some news articles, so I am not totally ignorant of the behavior of my elected officials. I have been paying a little attention to your latest tantrum and the resulting government shutdown, and I ask you this: What are you thinking?
My nephew Aaron, who is 12, is spending the day with me. I asked him what he thinks of your shutdown.
“I think it’s stupid,” he answered.
“Why do you think it’s stupid?”
“The government can’t just give up because it’s hard. This is the future of our country. And that’s all I am going to say.” Gotta love Aaron!
I really appreciate what Aaron said, because he is the one who is really going to be effected by your current actions. This is his future that we are talking about, and the future of all of our children.
This is hard, isn’t it? But there you are, throwing your tantrum, unwilling to talk or compromise, getting your paychecks, giving up.
You are so removed from normal American people that you have forgotten what hard is, and some of you grew up in such a privileged lifestyle that you never knew the meaning of hard in the first place. You don’t know what it’s like to wait at hospitals and doctor’s offices and urgent cares, or what it’s like to go to the grocery store with a 2 and 4-year old and try to use your coupons to stay on a budget, or what it’s like to not go somewhere because gas is too expensive, or to decide which bills you can pay on time and which can wait until the next paycheck.
And I’ll tell you, because you have forgotten, that what I have just mentioned is nothing. My life, what may be hard for me, is not hard compared to others’ struggles. There are mothers who have hungry children and no diapers and can’t keep their families warm or clothed. Those are difficulties that I cannot comprehend, so I know that you can’t! Keeping our government running is too hard for you, so you would never be able to survive what normal people go through every day.
I do have hope, but it’s not in you, Congress. My hope is in Jesus. He cares about us, about the people who know what hard is. He understands what we are going through because He goes through the hard times with us. He shares in our tears and our struggles. He will judge you harshly one day, as He will all of us, and that’s when you will learn the meaning of hard.
I don’t worry too much about you or think too much about you, not because I am not concerned or because I don’t care, but because my ultimate trust is in Christ Jesus, not in humans here on Earth. He will take care of me in ways that you cannot, and He doesn’t want me to spend my time worrying. That’s not how life is supposed to be lived. That’s not why Jesus suffered and died on the cross.
“I am leaving you with a gift — peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn’t like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27
Jesus’ gift of peace of mind and heart is for all of us: Democrats and Republicans, rich and poor, EVERYONE. Please claim that gift today, then go and do the hard work that we elected you to do.
Thank you for your time,