Many of us have walked through stores and seen employees who live with limitations and must work harder than anyone else in the store to come up to what most of us consider normal or average.
For some people it is a momentary passing and a fleeting thought that appears or some of us think of how good it is that they are working and trying to be part of society and not a burden. And then there those of us who either know are a family member to them.
For me as a father of a young adult with limitations, not only do I have thoughts into their trials in life, it is my heart that pulls so hard that it could come out of my chest because of the love I have for all of them.
I want to be their knight, their crusader, and their shield. But there are also times I wish to carry their sword. These can be one of the toughest times for a Christian when we have to choose between forgiveness and correction for those who forget that people with limitations are not to be discriminated against. We are our brother’s keeper and must know that for those who cannot always speak for themselves we must.
If it were not an important issue we would not have laws in this country to protect those who are not able to do for themselves the things we take for granted every day. There is a reason the laws God gave, Moses communicated and Jesus fulfilled were created and they were for the good of all humans, not just for a privileged few. I believe for us it is a matter of task that we try to take them seriously and not just let bad things happen without somehow enforcing them where possible. If not the laws, then at least the idea they represent must somehow be presented.
So the next time we see a person with limitations working in the stores we frequent, take a moment, tell them they are appreciated and are doing a great job. Know that they are always giving their best, just as we should always give them ours.