Monday, January 26, 2009

No Room to Complain

I was initially going to say that if you feel like you have it rough or if you’re having ‘one of those days’, take a look at this video. But, on second thought, I really don’t want this video to serve as a vehicle to make you feel better about your life. Grateful- yes. Humbled- yes. Angry- yes. And, I’m sure that it will make you re-evaluate your day and the problems you may be experiencing, and that’s fine- things do need to be put into perspective. However, given the choice, I’d rather that this video disturb you. I’d rather that it anger you because it sometimes takes those emotions to motivate us to action.

Please realize that I’m really not trying to come across as condemning or self-righteous because I’m just as guilty as the next person, if not more guilty. I make assumptions all the time. I assume that someone else will take care of it. I assume that it’ll just get better on it’s own. I assume that one person can’t make a difference. But, really, I’m just making excuses and it’s not even that I’m making excuses to anyone in particular, rather it’s like I’m trying to justify my lack of action in my own mind. I’m trying to make myself feel better.

I’d really encourage you to watch the video all the way through. It can be easy to press ‘pause’ and turn away, (I did a couple of times) but these kids and so many others like them around the world, don’t have the option to press pause and turn away from their lives. They are faced with these circumstances all the time and not just for the 9 minutes you’ll spend on this video.

I don’t have answers. I don’t know what I’m going to do with this information yet and I pray that God will give me some insight as to the next step I should be taking. I did, however, want to provide you with a couple of links to world-wide organizations that offer you the opportunity to sponsor a child in a third world country, if that's something you feel led to do. These are reputable non-profits and they truly do some amazing work around the world. Just click on the banner below and it will route you to the website(s).

World Vision (having trouble with the banner)

Sponsor a child online through Compassion's Christian child sponsorship ministry. Search for a child by age, gender, country, birthday, special needs and more.