Chak Jou

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What are some of your daily habits? Your morning routine?

If you’re anything like us it goes a little something like this: Struggle to wake up. Hit the snooze. Plan to get out of bed at 6:00 but end up getting out around 6:15 because your’e just too tired to actually wake up and what you have planned can wait just 15 minutes. Finally get out of bed. Start the coffee (because obviously that is top priority!). Get breakfast. Pour the coffee when it’s finished. Sit down. Open your Bible and journal to spend time in the word and with the Lord. Pause your reading/praying about fifteen times to take a sip of coffee (we’re obsessed y’all) or to take a bite of breakfast. Next thing you know you have to close your Bible because you have to get ready for the day. Time in the word was cut short. Blame in on being tired. Blame in on being distracted. Blame it on anything.

Sound familiar? Now, I’m not saying you have to spend hours reading your Bible every morning. Some mornings 15-30 minutes is all you have and it’s enough. But that’s not the point here. We lack discipline in certain areas of our lives. Why is it so hard to wake up right when the alarm goes off. You set it for that time for a reason, right? Why is it so hard to do the little tasks of the day that are so monotonous but necessary. We lack discipline.

If it’s one thing I’ve learned from living in Haiti and observing the lives of our dear Haitian friends/family it’s been about discipline. These people know how to make every moment of every day count. I can’t even begin to tell you the number of times I ask what people do in their free time and hear “I read my Bible and pray.” I honestly can’t remember the last time I’ve heard that answer in America. If ever. They see the value of time. The days are short and we have got to make them count! The way they are intentional with all of their time has sparked me to be aware of my time and encouraged me to be intentional with it. Last Friday, Matt and I went to the village Simonette to visit our Village Champions and their families. While I could write about twenty blog posts just about that day, there are two words resounding in my head. “Chak jou”

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Jacques, Jean Louis, Frenel, Jean August

We were sitting on the front porch of Jacques’ house talking about Simonette and how lovely it is there. Talking about how thankful we are to work with these four men who love their village passionately and care for the people there. Matt and I were just in awe. Then the Village Champions started to share with us. Jacques started quoting scripture to us and encouraging us. Telling us about how we are all a family and how it’s through us working as a family that we are able to reach every man, woman, and child in their villages. Then Frenel spoke up. Saying that whenever something happens in Simonette, they are the first people that are called to respond. If someone is sick, their phones ring. If someone is hurt, their phones ring. No matter what it is, they are seen throughout their village as men who care. Men who love. Men who pray. Jean Louis restated how much they love to work together. They all live close to each other. We walked between their houses. They do everything together. They care for each other. They work together. They pray together. And then he muttered those two words. “Chak jou.” Every day. We looked at them and asked, “Nou priye ansanm chak jou?” You pray together every day? Jean August spoke up saying, “We wake up at 4:00 every morning to pray together. To pray for our families. To pray for our village. Together.” Amazed, we responded, “Every day?” And there were those two words again. Gently yet strongly resounding from each of their mouth’s. “Chak jou.”

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I long to be able to say “Chak jou” with a quiet confidence when people ask me about my daily routine. My daily habits. These men are such a testament to the Lord’s faithfulness and such an encouragement to me and Matt. We are so blessed to call them our family.

I’m re-evaluating the things that make me respond with “Chak jou.” I pray that I will be able to respond with a quiet confidence, knowing that the things I do daily matter in light of eternity. I pray that the things that come to mind when I say “Chak jou” are things that are not solely for me, but things that bless others. Ultimately, I pray that my heart will be so fixed on the Lord that all of my words, all of my actions, all of my desires are of Him and bring Him glory.

Chak jou.

 

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