It's too easy to live in our comfortable lives and not appreciate everything we have. To even feel sorry for ourselves for the very first world problems that we have. Our car broke down, work isn't going the way we want it to, our kids are being brats, our husband isn't paying enough attention to us...whatever we aren't happy with at the moment.
But we have to remind ourselves that by much of the world's standards, we are so very fortunate and our problems so very small. Many of the basic things that we take for granted, others don't have. Clean water to drink, food to fill our stomachs, and shelter to keep us warm.
We're all aware that these problems exist around the world. But we try to put it out of our minds most of the time. Or at least, I do. To let myself "off the hook" by telling myself "I'm just one person...there's nothing that I could really do" or "someone else will do it..someone more capable or with more resources".
I'm not going to wait for someone else to do it. To be the change that I want to see in the world. It's gotta be me and it's gotta be now. And if enough people drew the line in the sand and said the same thing...wow, what we could accomplish!
And yes, I am only one person and my resources are limited. But that is no excuse to do nothing.
Instead of doing IVF this cycle, I'm going to Mexico for a week with a group of high school students and other adult leaders in my church to build homes for poor families in need. This is how I'm kicking off my decision to start being the change.
You can start today as well.
If you really want to. Start small. Sign up for Big Brothers, Big Sisters in your area. Make Easter baskets with your kids and work through an organization to deliver them to families in need. Sew clothes and send them to children abroad who are in need. Whatever speaks to you. There are so many small ways to help those in need and make the world a better place.
What will you do to be the change you want to see in the world?