You may recall me mentioning that before Nathan was born, Eric and I chose 3 different character traits that we wanted to pray for for him. One of the traits we selected is compassion. It is so awesome seeing this value developing in my young son. Yesterday at lunch, Nathan was talking about a big storm that had happened far away, and he told me that some people were hurt and lost their houses. I asked if he meant Haiti. And he said, "Yes, Haiti. We should give food and toys to those kids." Yes, dear boy, we should. It confirmed for me that we should send our grocery money right away to Haiti, where it is needed far more than we *need* another box of crackers.
It is so difficult living in this tension, isn't it? We have been given so much, and we want to do what we can for the hurting people in Haiti or elsewhere, but we also have the details of our daily lives to attend to. I think about this tension a lot.
I want to teach my kids to be sensitive to the needs of others. And I want to teach myself that, too. Along these lines, I appreciated this post this morning.