During my trip to Haiti, not only was I doing mission work on the Haitians, but they were doing some mission work on me. They taught me what it is like to live life simply, with more time with God, glorifying the life they have. They showed me how amazing it is, not obsessing over the new iPhone 5 or an Xbox 360. They live their lives, sometimes not knowing when they will eat again, but trusting that God will provide.
It is simply not fair.
Why do I get such a life where I have a cozy, queen-size bed to cuddle into at night? Why am I the one who has a pantry loaded with enough food to feed the whole village of Simonette? Why am I turning up my nose at cooked carrots and bologna, where such food could save a Haitian’s life?
I loved it down in Haiti, without my iPad or TV to distract me from God. Sometimes we get lost in all of these material possessions that don’t last. We need to remember that God is forever.
So look around yourself right now. How many electronics do you see? What things do you see that the less fortunate wouldn’t have? What belongings are distracting you from God? What are you taking for granted?
These verses from Matthew 19 are too true:
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”