On Friday we met with Sonya’s surgeon. There are actually a team of surgeons involved tomorrow morning. It was an odd conversation, to say the least. Her stated goal of the conversation: to try to talk us out of the surgery. (my guess is that this was driven by legal precautions, but she didn’t say as much)
She soberly stared at Sonya (and me) and raised her voice: “Do you realize that there is nothing in this for you? NOTHING.” “Do you realize you could die doing this?” “Do you still want to do this?”
It wasn’t exactly a “way to go, gang . . . great to have you in Chicago!” sort of pep talk.
But it did get me to reflect on her assertion “there is nothing in this for you.” A couple of thoughts:
1. God sure didn’t approach the world this way. God gave. Where would we be if God chose his plan of action by asking the question “what is in this for me?” It makes sense to me that those belonging to God would at least, in some remote ways, make some effort to emulate God’s act of giving when there is nothing promised in return.
2. What kind of world would we live in if everyone lived by “what is in this for me?” By opting to do something contra to “what is in this for me?” we help bring about the world that we all wished we could live in.
3. Think of how different the conversation becomes if one brushes aside the question “what’s in this for me?” to ask a far more profound question: “how can I make a contribution here?”
The doctor’s question actually deepened our resolve to do this. We can actually show that because of God’s kindness to us in His Son we can live for something besides ourselves. We can actually help bring about the world that we wish would be. We can actually make a huge contribution.
That sounds like a lot to me.