Our neighbors/friends/coworkers lost everything last night. They woke up in a house filled with smoke and flames. They fought to find their little boy and desperately searched for a way out. They finally found a small kitchen window to escape. They’re lucky to be alive.
Their house is gone. Their cars are destroyed. They have nothing. No clothes. No shoes. Just each other. Which is all that matters to them.
When we woke up this morning and found out we were shocked. We wanted to help. We went to Walmart to get them a gift card. Then, they came in the store while we were getting the gift card! I think that was God’s plan. We were able to give them the gift card before they checked out.
This made me realize something: this is why we’re working so hard to pay off our house. This is why we’re working so hard on our finances. So, when tragedies happen to people we love, we can help. We’re trying to stop paying the bank money… so we can use it for people around us. To choose how to make a difference in for our friends, families, and communities.
It just makes me so angry that banks/credit cards/student loans trap people in living paycheck to paycheck. They are traps. Huge traps. They stop people from helping each other. They stop people from helping themselves.
I’m eternally grateful our friends are alive. I’m glad their precious little boy is doing okay. And, I’m glad they’re going to rebuild better than ever.
We’re going to keep trying to build our finances, too. So, that when tragedy strikes, we can help even more. Because it’s not a matter of if it will happen… but when.
p.s. if you’re around Central Arkansas and have any extra household items or clothes (or a car!) you’d like to give to an amazing young family, please let me know. Anything helps.