Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sometimes, it's better to avoid the media

Friday night I was reading an article on Yahoo about the cholera outbreak. At the end of the article was the comments section. I don't know why I did it, but I started reading the comments. Once I started I couldn't stop. It was a train wreck.

The comments were so insensitive, inhumane, cruel. I don't understand how people can think what they think and take the time to post it. Friday night was very restless. The comments brought on doubt. I hate doubt. I don't use the word 'hate' normally in conversation. It's too strong of a word. But I truly hate it when doubt creeps in.

I started wondering why I'm even trying. Why go to Haiti? Why send aid? Why try to get others to do the same?

Then, I thought about Guerlin. Precious, sweet little Guerlin. In all the emails I've sent to aid organizations, I've included this, "I want to give him a chance to grow up healthy. Who knows, he might be the next President of Haiti and bring about the change they so desperately need."

Who knows? It's not for me to sit here and judge. Matthew 7:1, "Judge not that ye be not judged." It's not my place. It's not anyone's place. What if Guerlin, Odelande, Jerry and Magdalyn are going to bring about change in Haiti? What if they are here on earth to make that difference? Isn't it our place to do everything in our power to give them that chance?

With all doubt that creeps into my life, it brings a new round of conviction.

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‘Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
~ Margaret Mead


  1. When in doubt about your conviction, see the movie "The Color of Freedom". Now THERE is conviction!

  2. Anne Frank wrote..."How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single minute before starting to improve the world".

    If you waited until you could fix everthing, you'd miss the chance to fix one thing! Change starts with a single step, and you are doing your best to bring about the change you want to see in the world. Karen, NEVER doubt that what you are doing is good, is enough, is the right thing.

    ERIN N.

  3. Odelande's new mom agrees!!!!

    I share the same thoughts, amazements and frustration with people of bizarre thoughts...and lack of a heart for the things of God. That is the core of the issues in my opinion.

    Keep up the fight! Remember Matthew is our memory verse for the week.
    Windie S.