Yesterday’s post really released some frustration for me. Just to write it down and let it go (post) just left me feeling better.
I would like to go a little more in depth on a couple things I so appreciate God helped me to realize through the enlightenment of things, I have been previously either unaware or not as clear about.
Pedophilia in general and full blown rings, child trafficking, child abuse in general is by far more rampant and covered up than I ever knew. I was appalled at first at the horrors I discovered. By the time Pizza-gate came out I was already months deep into my research. And still even as people like me are waking up there are so many who simply don’t want to know. Well the children who suffer wish they didn’t know either but I digress…We have little power alone to do much, (teaching stranger danger is hardly the absolute solution) but as many voices speak up and acknowledge that things should be investigated (not assume guilt automatically of course) but if it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, lets investigate to see if it is in fact a duck. I wish I wasn’t left with the feeling that it is so rampant and so high up, that covering it up is the only tactic seeming to be taken.
That being said, as I pray over all innocent lives who are powerless to speak up or help themselves I also want to do more than just talk about it. I want to personally do something. And as it is written in Galatians 6:2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. I know that my best course of action is to contribute not to just talk. First I sought child trafficking protection organization to volunteer but none exist in my county. I did find some great sites for ideas on how to establish a community group, but quite frankly I do work and I am currently volunteering elsewhere, so I don’t honestly have the time to go into a full blown agenda in this case. I am now in the process of researching any child abuse or child protection advocate organizations to volunteer some time with. Background checks are vital to know if you are truly helping rather than unknowingly contributing to the problem.
Also, quick note… I am very careful what I allow my grandcuties to watch when they are at my house. I am now so aware through education and testing that education, that nearly everything on tv, movies, music videos, etc. for children is agenda driven. Same as adult counterparts but I am concerned for growing minds where I can make a difference so I will just focus on myself and the children who come into my home. It is inconvenient to have to pre-screen everything I allow them to watch but it’s necessary. There are great educational and entertaining things to watch so I’m not throwing the baby out with the bathwater here.
The 2nd item is homelessness. This winter as the days have gotten so cold it just hit me how cold it must feel to someone in the elements alot of the time. I couldn’t shake it. I used to hand out a few bucks thinking wow I am a real good person. But those dollars which do help for a moment aren’t really an answer. As I was advised by an organization once, money to the homeless does not help. Money to charitable organizations that help the homeless is the better choice. So with that, and as it is written in Philippians 2:4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others in mind, realizing that giving them blankets, food, care packages, hugs, and praying with them is beautiful. Seeing them, really seeing them. Not as a drug addict, alcoholic, lazy person. But a person. Without support I would probably be right there with them. Without the tireless support of my family, I would be on disability, giving up and giving in to the belief that it is too hard, I can’t take one more day of my struggles. I would be (as I was heading) drugged out living homeless or most likely dead. I am blessed that God knew I was not wired to navigate alone so he surrounded me with such wonderful people who don’t let me take the less resistant road. I am not allowed to stop trying, not allowed to stay down, not allowed to use excuses. Just keep getting back up and try again. Doesn’t matter if I fail, or if have lapses in reality, keep getting back on that horse don’t let my circumstance dictate my outcome. Oh yea… and take my medication!
So in that blessing I would be selfish not to share that same loving kindness for others. I thank God so much for changing my selfish heart. For showing me how much I have to be thankful for. For further seeing I can take action to make a difference. For waking me up that knowledge and kindness are both equally powerful things.