I live in a borrowed land. It is a land where the values of life are not weighed easily. The mundane choices of each day cannot be simplified into “Do have a latte or a cappuccino?” “Do I wear the brown shoes or the black ones?”
Instead the daily decisions of life here for many include questions like “How much must I sell myself for to buy food for the week?” “Do I pay rent or buy something for dinner?” And for some the question has been “Do I take the healthy children and find food & shelter leaving the sick behind, or do we all stay here and die together?”
No parent or person should have to make choices like this. I believe that we all have innate value given to us by our Creator. He desires more for us than this. And to that end. so that none will lack, He put us in community with one another. We were meant to live in relationship with one another, passing on the blessings we have received so that others too may share in the joy of abundant life.
But we don’t, and we all have our reasons and excuses. I cannot blame others for faults that I have myself. Yet I hear statistics like “…22,000 children die each day due to poverty. And they “die quietly in some of the poorest villages on earth, far removed from the scrutiny and the conscience of the world. Being meek and weak in life makes these dying multitudes even more invisible in death.” (source) and I realize, I MUST be part of the solution. But how? It seems so large a problem, my little bit that I can do is not enough.
Then I am reminded of the story that the late Wangari Maathai told about the hummingbird. It’s not about how much you do, its whether or not you did your part. So I’m doing mine. You can do your part by participating in the “Africa Response”. If you text “ACTNOW” to 48510, you can donate $10. Get 5 friends to join you and collectively you have fed a family for a month.
We use social media to invite people to a party, or share a funny story. Let’s also use it to make a difference, and actively be the change we want to see.