The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. — Martin Luther King, Jr.
No matter where you’re living in the world, you know that Houston is being devastated with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Flooding like nothing I’ve ever seen is ripping through buildings as if they were made of cardboard. Now the dams need be opened (or so say the experts) which will flood lower Houston, causing many deaths.
I’ve heard some horrific stories (like the pastor who refuses to open his megachurch to the flood victims) and some heroic stories (like the Cajun Army, a local band of people, who are bringing rescue boats and pierogies to those stranded). It got me thinking about something my great-grandmother used to say:
“You never know the character of a man until you plunge him in hot water. Then, like a tea bag, his real self emerges.”
What’s happening in Houston is a microcosm of the world. There are good and bad people. When all seems lost and people are clawing through the darkness, a beacon of light shines through.
Now, more than ever, the world needs Light. Darkness tries to shut out what is simply right. The basest human reactions are commonplace today. We must be beacons of Light to brighten the way.
Help those in need. Stop thinking about yourself and show the world what kind of person you really are.
Donations to the Salvation Army to support the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts can be made:
To see how your donations are being put to use in the field, the organization provides disaster updates as well.
The Salvation Army has provided shelter, food, and clothing to victims in Houston. In other hard-hit cities, volunteers have been assisting in the efforts to rescue victims as floodwaters rapidly rise.
(cited from this article)