Getting perspective on the things that really matter today, not really things at all actually. Maybe you’ve been doing this too today, checking on all your loved ones that were in the path of Hurricane Sandy. I’ve been frantically going through Facebook to check on everyone.
Sandy was an historic and massive storm. There's so much flooding. Seven million are out of power, 14,000 flights have been cancelled, in one town 80 homes burned to the ground, and 33 people lost their lives.
While watching the news this morning I was struck with perspective. A reporter was talking to a man whose home was near the Potomoc in Washington DC. His family was having dinner when a tree that’s been standing since before the civil war fell. Their home was destroyed.
He told the reporter, "now we can remodel, I only care that my family is safe."
Yesterday, my biggest concern was whether or not my daughter's Rapunzel Wig would make it in time to go around the neighborhood and get candy. Today, I'm embarrassed that such a little thing would matter so much.
Things don't matter. It's the people in your life that are the most important. There are 35 people that were lost in this storm so far.
I heard from one young man who lost his friend when a tree fell in front of his car. He was supposed to get married in a couple of weeks. His fiancé's name is, Hannah.
Each one of those 35 people matters to someone. I'm challenged today to make it more than a "death toll". I find myself today praying for their loved ones, and calling and telling the people that matter to me, how much I love them.
You just never know.