I am going to list two columns. Column A will be a list of things that we worry about and pray over. Column B will be a list of actions. The things in A do not directly correlate with things on the same line that appear in B.
|Column A||Column B|
|Yemen||Foster a child, adopt a child, or donate a duffle bag to a shelter so that children in the foster system have something more than a garbage bag to carry their meager belongings|
|100,000 overdoses a day in America||Train to become a Volunteer at a suicide prevention hotline|
|Syria||Work at any organization that provides food for those affected by war, natural disaster, poverty or illness|
|1.4 million attempted suicides every day in America||Volunteer to coach a sports team or lead a scouts program or buy cookies from a Girl Scout without telling them off for selling cookies|
|Libya||Donate feminine hygiene products to shelters or prisons where females do not get an adequate number of supplies|
|Areas of the world where Female Genital Mutilation is practiced||Teach ESL, volunteer as a math or literacy coach or be a language buddy and help a recent immigrant with their language skills|
|Chad||Run for office|
|Cities where homelessness has reached Emergency Status||Train as a first line responder, therapist or social worker|
|Areas in the world were Women are not allowed to receive an education||Build a house with an organization that does this|
|Ukraine||Help an elderly neighbor with errands, babysit for a new parent, help someone whose needs are greater than your own|
The things I listed in Column A and Column B are partial lists. There are so many more problems that we face in the world, but I just threw out the first ten that came to mind. There are also more ways to help those in need- again, just the first things that come to mind.
We can’t solve every problem. New problems start every single day.
But each and every one of us can still do something…
However, Here’s some things to try not to do:
- Don’t play the game of one tragedy is better than another. Every tragedy is a tragedy. Every single thing I listed in A is something that is horrible and real people are suffering every day.
- Be very careful when playing the there but for the grace game. When you compare your life to someone else’s, you are literally saying I am grateful that I am not you. Is that really what you are grateful for?
- If anyone complains about the price of anything, please don’t give them grief. You do not know how a rise in prices effects their family. 6 dollar a gallon gas could be what breaks them.
- Stop saying that the Russian people are bad. To say that every Russian citizen is backing Putin is to say that every American backed Trump or currently backs Biden. These are just people who are caught up in a war that they most probably do not want. They are suffering too. Their news is probably being censored…And their lives are probably being threatened. If someone holding a gun said to you “Fight or I kill your family” what would you do? Seriously- you don’t have to tell me, but I want you to think about how you actually would react in that situation.
- Stop thinking your immigrant from Russia neighbors are plotting against you. While there might be a cat among the pigeons, they are most likely people who emigrated because they wanted a chance at a better life. Allow them that curtesy. And just remember two words: internment camps. It wasn’t a good look then, it isn’t now.
Pray, or ruminate, or whatever you do for the people who are experiencing hardship and war and threats on their person. Pray for the displaced persons who have lost their homes and their families. Pray for those who have suffered unimaginable horrors.
Then go out and help someone else.
Imagine a world where we each help someone whose needs are greater than our own… We might not stop a war, but think of what we could accomplish with our actions.
Actions still speak louder than words.