* Clean laundry that has been shaken out but not put away and is laying on my couch. * Dishes in the sink because the dishwasher is full and needs to be run. * A fridge overflowing with leftovers I need to throw out because they went bad. * A bed that needs to be made. Bathrooms that need to be cleaned. Carpets that need to be vacuumed.
How much I take for granted. I tend to look at the above list and think, "Oh gosh, I have a lot to do today and I need to get writing done!" Or, "Our house is a disaster."
But our house is not a disaster. Our house is as far from being a disaster as it can get. We have clean clothes. We have dishes. We have food, electricity, a bed, running water and clean floors.
We have all probably seen the pictures of Haiti where people are in a genuine disaster. In a country that started off very poor, this earthquake is only worsening conditions that were already deteriorating. It makes my heart hurt to think of how many, many times I have wished for more - a bigger house, a bigger eating out budget - when there are people who are suffering so deeply right now.
I know that a lot of you are in the same boat as Jon and me - we don't have thousands to give, but we do want to help. Compassion International is a wonderful organization that is built on Christ and is already working hard to help the people in Haiti. By texting "disaster" to 90999, you can donate $10 to Compassion for the Haiti relief. The donation will be added to your next wireless bill.
Above all else, let's commit to praying that this earthquake will give workers in Haiti an opportunity to share the love of Christ. I don't know why disasters like this happen, but I do know that our God is the same yesterday, today and forever and He is completely in control.