This week I read a number of articles. Among others I read about the plight of children and sex-trafficking, the effect on children’s brains who spend their first years in institutions, the results of poverty on children’s educations and the issues that could accompany trans-racial adoption of children.
I found myself wondering if people will ever understand that our children are worthy of our best resources because they ARE our best resources. And when I say ‘our’ children I mean the children of your community, your city, your county, your state, your country, your world. They are all OUR children.
Throughout history and unfortunately still in modern times children are exploited, under-valued and over-looked. They are often mistreated, neglected and abused. Instead of being treasured they are considered disposable trash.
This is a cycle, an ugly, hungry, devastating, cruel cycle that continues generation after generation unless we intervene, unless we make a difference.
I may hurt some feelings here, but, I’ll take that chance. Doing good by your own family and children is not enough. That is important. That is a priority. But, that can’t be all. Otherwise, we haven’t shifted things. We haven’t adjusted outcomes. We haven’t altered the future.
There are so many ways that you can make a difference in a child’s life. You can be a good parent and grandparent, certainly. But, you can also mentor a child that doesn’t have a dad or a living aunt available. You can foster a child. Don’t tell me you can’t because it would hurt you too much to let them go? Do you hear what you are saying? How can what it would do to you be more important than what it would do to them?
You can adopt. You can tutor at a center for underprivileged children. You can rock babies at an orphanage. You can sew up dresses, knit a hat or have a fundraiser to send to those who are able to go when you can’t.
You can make sure that children who know you know they matter. You can be trustworthy and reliable when you make promises to a child. You can treat them with dignity and respect. You can value their opinion and listen to their thoughts.
You can teach in a public school or in a Sunday School room. You can sponsor a child or visit a child or laugh at a joke that makes no sense. You can buy school supplies or a bag of groceries so a child doesn’t do without. You can be intentional and develop a plan.
Don’t dismiss this someone else’s responsibility and problem. Take hold of it and make it your own. Don’t declare you have done your part. Instead search out the next thing that needs doing and do it.
What would our world look like? How would it change? Where would we find ourselves in the future if we would do something? If we would do more? More than we are doing now? Would the cycle then be broken?