Keller: Human desire to help triumphs over hopelessness

Published 12:06 am Wednesday, August 17, 2016

With the historic floods that have devastated south Louisiana, it’s a reminder that at times like these, we are not in control of anything except our reactions.

Over the past few days, I’ve had my eyes on the TV, keeping up with the many people who have been affected by the flooding. My heart goes out to those that have lost everything and are waiting to be rescued by volunteers.

As of Sunday night, I understand that at least 7,000 people have been rescued.

When tragic things like this happen, we can choose to be negative, which may influence others. The positive attitude of people with a servant’s heart will let their character shine in the midst of the darkest hours.

It was refreshing watching volunteers working tirelessly (some over 24 hours) helping others to safer grounds without getting discouraged.

While watching on television and listening to people being interviewed over the weekend, many shared how they had lost everything. Many felt hopeless not knowing what the future would bring.

I certainly can understand that.

One elderly lady being driven to safety in a small boat smilingly said,  “I lost my home and everything I own, but all of that can be replaced. I am thankful that God has spared my life.”

I would say that is having your priorities in order.

The owner of a small boat helping to rescue people said he had been doing this for almost 36 hours.

When asked how many people he had rescued he said “maybe 75.”

The reporter asked how he felt about doing this. “I have never worked longer and harder. I am excited about doing a job that has been so rewarding.”

This confirms that the secret to a good life is giving of yourself.

As I am writing this article, the ending of the flooding evidently is not over.

Some people will never recover. Personal treasures have been lost forever. With all of that said, it is amazing how people will come together at times when they are needed the most.

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