I think sometimes I get so wrapped up in the craziness of life, I forget…
I forget that over 7 million children die every year from hunger; I every 4 seconds.
I forget that tonight over 20 million children will go to bed with no Mom or Dad, no one to love them, no one to hold them, no one to care.
I forget that everyday millions of children are forced to watch their parents die a painful death due to the AIDS epidemic.
I forget that all over the world civil wars are spinning out of control, and as a result Children are being brutally killed, abducted, and tortured.
I forget that every day, every hour, every minute people all over the world fear for their lives. They fear persecution, disease, death, and sometimes maybe there’re just afraid of what life may throw out next. But, even with all those fears (and more) surrounding them, they choose to find the JOY, LOVE, HOPE, and LAUGHTER in life!
They could choose to wallow in self pity, and let fear grip them, let it take control. But they don’t! They wake up every day and decide to live that day with JOY! They laugh, and love, and choose to hope; they choose to hope that tomorrow they’ll wake up and have the opportunity to do the same. WOW! I wish I could say that were I to be put in their shoes, I would be the same. I don’t think that would be true though; I mean the fears in my life are so, so, small in comparison. I fear that I might be late, or that I won’t have time, money or energy to do what I've got to do in a day. I fear over the small things.... The unimportant things.... The little things. I can’t imagine living with those crazy BIG fears.
Wouldn’t it be great if we all just choose NOT to give into our fears? NOT to let them effect our lives?
I hope and pray that I can obtain even a small portion of the JOY, LOVE, HOPE, and LAUGHTER that the people of Uganda have, and live out every day!