Was yesterday just another day? Or the day before? No. A devastating natural disaster occurred a couple of days ago. Everyone around the world who has access to major news outlets (FoxNews, CNN, BBC, and others) knows of the earthquake that hit Haiti.
The ones who were there know about it more fully.
My heart breaks; collectively our heart breaks for the loss suffered. It was so unexpected and so undeserved.
Regardless of the current condition in which we live, we never expect sudden and immediate loss of life or loved one. Some may not have hope that it will get better, but we never expect our situation to get worse.
No one group of people deserves to suffer such calamity as being experienced in Haiti over another group. The commentary of certain individuals stating they believe the people of Haiti deserved what occurred yesterday is wrong. By stating some isolated group of people deserve this catastrophe in Haiti, it implies that others don’t deserve to suffer. Extending this thought even further, offering up the idea that some deserve tragedy over others implies some deserve just the opposite of tragedy. We should all make careful consideration before arriving at such conflicting conclusions of things deserved.
We are all subject to the catastrophes and challenges of life. None of us are immune. However, we are charged with loving and helping others in the midst of tragedy. People are showing compassion and responding to the immediate needs in Haiti through organizations like Samaritan’s Purse, World Vision, and so many others.
No, it was not just another day. Today is not just another day. We cannot expect to see another day. We cannot bank on it. We do not deserve it. We have to treat each day as a treasure. Every day should be cherished. Look for something good in each day. Help and love others each day. Offer the gift of hope, both for today and forever.
How can you help the situation in Haiti? Here is one organization that is offering relief – Samaritan’s Purse.
How do you need to adjust your outlook so you treat each day as a treasure?
What can you do to pass on compassion and hope to others?