|Twa Men- Three Hands Monument in Port-Au-Prince|
If you ask a guide that frequently brings in Christian tourists- I mean mission groups- they will tell you that the hands represent the Father, Son, and Holy spirit holding up the world and even Haiti.
If you are talking to an activist Haitian living in PAP they will tell you that it represents two hands from a Haitian and one from government, the other hand of the government is in your pocket.
The average Haitian though will tell you it has three hands because you can't do it alone. We all need someone else to help us. The saying in Haiti is "ou paka kwit diri sou de wo'ch"- You can't cook rice on two rocks. It takes three rocks together to hold up the pot. That is the way life is viewed in most societies besides ours.
In America, we believe we can do it all on our own. We are so proud that we do not want to ask others for help or ever admit that we need it. We base our success and achievements on our abilities and hard work. It's the "I pulled myself up by my own bootstraps" mentality. Now I am a committed advocate of hard work and independence. I hate entitlement and hand outs. I am talking about something more basic yet essential than that. I am talking about realizing that we were made by God to interconnect and help each other reach our full created potential. When we arrogantly feel like we don't need others to reach our full potential, then any attempt by us to reach out to others to help them reach their potential will be condescending and superficial.
To be rich, I don't need you. To be powerful, "I got this". To achieve the American dream, "I am my own man". To be successful I can rely on my intelligence, education, heritage, networking skills, communication ability, and inner drive. To be what society says I should be, I don't need you.
But to reach my created potential as a Kingdom child, I need you. I need people to speak truth to me in love. I need people to help me be stronger in my faith. I need people to keep me accountable as a father and husband. I need people to encourage me on my down days. I need people to celebrate my victories with me. I need people to go into battle with me. I need people to sit around and talk about nothing sometimes. I need you.
By recognizing MY need for people, I am equipped to BE that person for others. That is the key to humility being the basic foundation on which God builds us up. Let's throw off the pride and self sufficiency that this society tries to encumber us with. Let's commit to acknowledging our need of others so that we can help others reach their full created potential as Kingdom children. It really does take three hands- and I only have two.