29 seconds. That's about all we could take of He Who Shall Not Be Named's acceptance speech for the Republican presidential nomination. Desiring to be informed, I did read the text of the address. It was something. To me, the King of Ludicrous Line Mountain was the candidate's brazen claim, "I alone can fix it."
Were his crowd not enraptured in his reality distortion field provided by his shouty tsunami, they should have laughed him off the stage. Put aside the idea that this particular person is suggesting that he can slay all the dragons that prey upon this nation (and dragons were really the only thing missing in the dystopian nightmarescape presented in the nominee's speech). Even the greatest of our leaders have had massive teams of support staff, advisers, and cabinet members that have helped them tackle the problems our nation has faced. He alone can fix it? I laughed out loud at such an arrogant, deluded statement.
But then I felt a little sorry for him. I felt sorry for him because he is oblivious to the blessing of how life works. There is quite little in this world that any of us can fix alone. I can't even fix the messes in my own life solo. There is God, my wife, my family, my friends, authors, musicians, and much more. There are problems in this world, but the greatest blessing that we are given to fight them is community. In that community, we are drawn into one another's lives. When we come together and care for one another, that is where things not only get fixed but become whole.
Even God, the one being who could actually say, "I alone can fix it" does not say that. God says, "Come join me as we fix this together." That is not to say that God could not fix it solo nor that God does not do a great deal of the heavy lifting, but we are invited to work little healings throughout this world. God wants to share in that with us. God wants to see us grow. We are drawn to God in that way. The one being who could actually hog all the credit wants to freely share in the process with millions if not billions of people stretched over time.
So let me zig where I originally wanted to zag concerning this arrogant assertion. It is a blessed reminder. You and I get to work together to bring healing and hope to the world. Thank God it is not something that we have to do alone. We could never do it. Instead we get to join God and do the little things to fix the broken places. We get to heal sickness, erase loneliness, feed hungry, create art, and spread love. How great is that?