I watched a show regarding Haiti's earthquake. I remember the devastation and the sorrow that followed, the heroism of so many that rushed to aid of that tiny island, and the anger of the native people who were still receiving virtually no help months after the quake. I also remember praying for them...back then. The tsunami that hit Japan, and the one that shook the world in southeast Asia, killing an estimated 300000 people, are in my memory as well. I prayed for those nations and their people...back then too. As the news waned over these tragedies, so did my prayers for those nations.
Back here in American, we have tragedy and devastation too. Lindsay Lohan has had all kinds of legal problems, Brad and Jennifer broke up, and I lost the Survivor pool at work two times. Wow, the devastion! The Bengals continued to struggle without a Super Bowl appearance since 88-89 season, how can we go on? We are absorbed by meaningless gossip, and barely concerned with the real horrors suffering mankind experiences daily, throughout the world. Apathy is our way. We look the other way.
Upon hearing that a major catastrophe has struck in some remote country, we often voice our regret to those around us, "how terrible for those poor people," we say, and then maybe throw a few bucks their way, and go about our business. For an instant, others see us as caring individuals, at least we think. It is a nice mask, but as followers of Christ, especially those of us in recovery from addictions, we must take a real look at our disguises. We must have real concern. We must continue in prayer for any nation, or individual going through sorrow. We addicts and alcoholics really know personal sorrow and grief that "normal people" have no idea of. Furthermore we cannot be apathetic about tragedy, for any reason. Our concern for others is key in staying clean and sober. We remove our disguises, and put on the face of honesty.
"Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but
in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than
himself. Let each of you look out not only for his interests,
but the interests if others." Phil.2:3-4 (NKJV)
We don't really need to worry about whether people see us as big hearted and caring by our well wishes when disaster occurs. We do need to continue in prayer for people worldwide, and do it daily. Stay little and regard ourselves as equal to the starving children in third world countries, or places worldwide where elderly are without social security or retirement incomes, and look through garbage to live. In God's eyes we are their equals, He loves them as much as He loves you. And He really loves you.
This whole thought was on my mind after watching the show about Haiti, followed by this mornings sad news about the Bengals loss that covered the news. I hope this calls you to think about your personal thoughts when natural disasters happen. Don't lose sight of the hurting, they may be your next door neighbor, or one day you or your family members. God bless and keep you all, thanks for reading. Keith.