Keep in mind, the ever-evolving world of football is not just about sports or winning. Or about the competitive players who earn big bucks. Instead, it's become highly entertaining for loyal fans.
The newest rage (or should I say outrage?) was about Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman, Alejandro Villaneuva, who stood without his teammates by his side during the national anthem on Sunday, September 24, 2017. Suddenly, all hell breaks loose as fired up fans burn their Steelers jerseys.
In the meantime, while most Americans are having unproductive debates over the NFL and national anthem, let's not forget the millions of hurricane survivors. Seriously, we need to refocus our attention, energy, and concern on what is truly important.
Human lives trump football and patriotism. If we take it one notch further, all living creatures, including our furry friends, are equally as important. If you want to talk about devotion, man's best friend usually comes in the form of four legs.
One month may have passed since Hurricane Harvey, but Texas has much water damage and financial losses. From my understanding, they are not back to normal. And I have a hunch that Florida, Georgia, Mexico, and other areas hit hard by hurricanes are not back to normal, either.
When you lose your precious family, pets, and treasured belongings, including your home, the new "normal" is grief. And the daily challenges are beyond difficult, especially when FEMA takes a long time to provide assistance. Or in some cases, people fall through the cracks and never receive the necessary help that they need.
What most people are unaware of is the long-term health conditions that appear after hurricanes, floods, and water damage. The flooded water contains every imaginable disease, bacteria, and toxic filth.
Back in 2005, mold-related illnesses sky rocketed in Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina and Rita. Not only did these folks lose their homes, belongings, and in some cases their families, but they lost their health. Not just for one month or one year, but permanently.
In 2006, my church group and I volunteered for one week in a LA hurricane outreach. No one educated our team about taking safety precautions before entering moldy, flooded homes.
Five months after doing this volunteer work, my health took a nosedive. Eventually, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and was forced to resign from the job I loved. Ironically, mold-related illness has 90% of the same symptoms as Fibromyalgia.
I'm sharing this so people can build awareness about mold-related illnesses. In addition, let's get our priorities straight. Life is fragile and too short.
Currently, as I write this post, 3.4 million Americans are trapped on the island of Puerto Rico. They are running out of food. They are running out of water. They are running out of medication. They have no home to go home to.
Today, instead of battling over football, let's get our priorities straight. Please show respect and sensitivity to those who are still battling for their homes, health, and finances after devastating hurricanes.
Texas, Florida, Georgia, Mexico, and many other areas can most certainly use our help and supernatural prayers to cover a magnitude of legitimate needs. Will you join me in prayer?
"For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me." Matthew 25:35 (ESV)