Today is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. A day that is set up to open the eyes of our country to the travesty of current day slavery. It is sad that, in this world there are over 27 million people caught in this mess. We need to step up together to make the change and end this horrible activity.
One of the ways we can end this is by installing purpose and potential in the lives of young people. When young people see and feel that they are worth something, it could change their worldview and outlook for their future. Adults have a role to play in this process. We must be vigilant in the task of lifting up the hopes and dreams of the young men and women we encounter, so they know they have potential to do great things; so they see past their present circumstances
In Mark 9:42 we find Jesus speaking to His followers while little children were near and he shares “whoever causes one of these little ones who believe to stumble, it would be better for him if, with a heavy millstone hung around his neck, he had been cast into the sea.” These sound like harsh words, but when I think of human trafficking, I agree.
When we rob children of their God given potential or we make them feel like they have no value we are causing them to stumble. When they don’t see or understand that they are made in God’s image and we have never tried to instill that in them, I submit we have caused them to stumble. We are to be examples of love, kindness, and edification for these young lives. We must stand up against anything that is trying to destroy the connection between God and his children. If we choose to ignore this role, then I hope we like swimming.
How can we be active:
•be a mentor
•love your children and don’t degrade them
•get them involved in uplifting activities such as youth sports, youth groups, etc.
•check out information on trafficking and get educated to spread the word (www.enditmovement.com)
Let’s do this! Let’s change, enhance, and/or encourage young people in this world and work to get the enemy’s grip off of our kids. Will you fight? I know I will.
Check this video out, you might have to copy and paste:
“You don’t know ‘Father Abraham’?!” is a question I have heard a few times in my almost 14 years of being a Christian. I always laugh, but I feel awkward when I am around people raised in the church and that song has made me feel like an outsider many times. I understand there are songs that could be labeled as “insider songs”, but these “insider songs” can cause some issues for those new to their walk or came into their walk 14 years ago as a teenager.
Anyway, this Father Abraham dilemma is something we Christians have to be aware of at all times. You might hear a preacher say something like “of course you have heard the story of Nehemiah” or “I don’t need to go into detail about the story of Jesus and the leper”, but someone new would just nod, smile with a look of “who wouldn’t know?”just to leave and never come back. It’s these statements that cause more damage than we may think.
I understand, thanks to a friend raised in the church, that some may not know that these statements cause damage nor do they do it intentionally. So to that I say, it’s ok, don’t worry, just be more aware of the words we use.
We need to be conscious of the fact not everyone knows the hand gestures to “lord I lift your name on high” ( which isn’t a bad thing, yeah I said it) and they may not know what a felt board nativity looks like, but that doesn’t make them less of a Christian and for sure shouldn’t feel like an outsider. God didn’t make His Gospel hard to understand and actions in the Church shouldn’t be either. When someone shares they don’t know Father Abraham, let’s not give a gasp and hold our hands to our mouths, let’s just say “don’t worry, it really isn’t something we sing anymore anyway…we’re grown ups.”
For those who don’t know I am copying a link to the lyrics for father Abraham…don’t listen to it unless you are near a campfire or with a group of friends in a circle. 🙂
I’m working on home projects getting prepared for Liam to arrive. If you don’t know who Liam is, see previous posts…it helps my stats. Anyway, trying to change valves in our toilet, making doorknob holes bigger, changing toilet paper holders, and installing a robe holder for a baby boy that’s not here yet and more.
It has been fun to feel all handy, but frustrating since I didn’t, and still don’t, have all the skills or tools to complete the tasks quickly. However, the tools and skills I have are enough to get me by and I will accomplish the tasks in due time.
Such is life and faith. In life and faith we will have fun, be busy, and sometimes get frustrated. The reality is we don’t always have the right skills and tools to get through quickly, but God has given us the tools and skills to get through in just the right time.
As we wait for Liam to get here and do all this “stuff”; we do the same thing in our faith. We are waiting for the greatest gift and that is living in eternity with Christ. Some frustration and questions as to “why we are going through this now?”may arise and doubt that we can handle the tasks at hand, but God has given us relief and is the ultimate handyman that has already finished the job.
I took the Christmas week off of writing so I could enjoy spending time with my family. During the break I was hearing a lot of discussion from friends and others that they felt Christ was being taken out of Christmas by main stream media and other outlets. I was a little bothered by this due to their intense feeling that Christ was really being taken out of the holiday. Some of the reasons they listed were “Well, people are saying happy holidays” or “They say Merry Xmas now” (which is an inaccurate statement, but that is not being touched on here) or “Everyone focuses on Santa more than Jesus” and the list could go on. I just couldn’t, and still can’t, bring myself to agree.