From a young age, we are taught that we have to make choices.  Choices about what we want to wear or what activities we want to participate in.  As we get into adolescence, we have to make choices about what crowd of people we are going to hang around or what boundaries we will have with our boyfriend or girlfriend.  Then, we become adults, and the choices become more like: what career are we going to have, where will you live, do you want an SUV or something more economical? After that, all the choices that come along with being a parent, which are far too many to list.  

What if your choices went from what car to buy, to, do I feed my child today or purchase medicine?  What if your choice was to purchase medicine for your elderly mother or your child? Or maybe you have to choose to use the one thing that is free to you, your body, to earn a piece of bread so you don’t have to go to bed hungry?  When a 20 year old young man has been orphaned and is caring for 3 other siblings, he has to choose to take whatever work he can find so that he can put food in the mouths of his family. He is no longer thinking about his future, he is thinking about the future of those younger than him.  When a 14 year old boy has an ill mother, and has lost his father, has been accepted into a FREE government education program because he is so intelligent and disciplined, he makes the choice to skip school and often pay for his siblings to go to school.  

The choices of our friends in Haiti are much different than ours.  These are real stories and are real choices that happen every single day.  Why do we get to make the choice of college or career? Why don’t we have to choose clean water or take our chances with the river water?  Does God love us more? Why were you born here, in the land of plenty, and my friend Pepe the 20 year old young man, was born in a poverty stricken country?  I don’t have an answer for you, but it is on my list of things to ask God when I arrive in heaven someday. I do know that He doesn’t love you more than Pepe.  I know that He is ever present even among all the pain and hurting throughout all of this world. I do know that we are all called to do something.  Your something is supposed to look different than my something, but there is SOMETHING for you. If you don’t know what that something is, I am going to let you know how to figure it out, ask the one who gave you life!  Ask Him and He will reveal it to you. He isn’t keeping it secret. He wants you to ask. Go ahead, I dare you, and I promise you will never feel more free in your life.

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