Friday, January 15, 2010

The Continuous Nightmare

Who cares? What does it matter if we make it to the top or we stay within our mediocre limitations in life? We. all. die. What does it matter if we’re too rich, too poor? We can’t take our money with us when we die. Who cares if you’re too thin, too fat, too short, too tall? In the end, our bodies turn to ashes anyway. It’s all meaningless... or is it?  Some of us have easy lives, some of us have harder lives, regardless, it’s what we can do with what we have right “now”. Some people feel they can’t give to charity because they’re not “rich”, yet they’ll go out and buy a Starbucks coffee for $5.00. It’s our right to make choices with our own money; our decisions are our own and nobody can say otherwise. Maybe somehow, persuasion can be a revelation for some, making others realize how fortunate they really are.

"Again I observed all the oppression that takes place in our world. I saw the tears of the oppressed, with no one to comfort them. The oppressors have great power, and the victims are helpless. So I concluded that the dead are better off than the living. And most fortunate of all are those who were never born. For they have never seen all the evil that is done in our world. Then I observed that most people are motivated to success by their envy of their neighbors. But this, too, is meaningless, like chasing the wind." ~Ecclesiastes 4:1-4

“Oh well some people choose to live that way.” I refuse to believe that load of crap when people say that. Cards are dealt and sometimes, fate is all you have, whether fortunate or not. Sometimes, it’s all they know. People are born into poverty and live in countries that are extremely unsafe and unsuitable for living. Did you know that there are only three doctors in Haiti for every 10,000 people? For us, it’s a matter of picking up the phone and making an appointment with our family doctor, sometimes within the same day --and minor things such as a cold, the flu or for a small cut or bruise. The people of Haiti don’t have that luxury. They deal with their sicknesses, cuts and bruises on their own most of the time.

If each person gave $1.00, that in itself could make a huge difference. But most of all, give what you can. You don’t have to be rich to donate, you just need to have a heart for other people and know that it’s only a voluntary choice.

There are many websites and text messaging options that you can donate to. The website I donated to is Partners In Health. A simple click HERE can send you straight to the easy to follow donation page.

“Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing.” ~Proverbs 28:27
“Give generously, for your gifts will return to you later.” ~Ecclesiastes 11:1

For the people of Haiti, their nightmare is still with them when they wake right next to the rubble that has swallowed up their precious loved ones.  Imagine for just one second, feeling and witnessing what they've gone through. 

I can't imagine...