Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Day 5

Hunger- Thirst-Malnourishment-Depression-Disease-Alcholism-Hopelessness-Tears-Bankruptcy-Sorrow-Loneliness-Destruction-War-Orphans-Abuse-Widows-Pain-Death.....

...This is our world. This is reality. This is now. It is everywhere. It's in the countries far away. It's in our neighborhoods. Maybe even in our own homes. Need is all around us. When you begin to open your eyes, and more importantly, your heart, you can not look away from need.
The wall that we put up around our hearts, to protect ourselves, has to come down. This is hard. Very hard to watch people dying of hunger when we have plenty. It's hard to recognize the pain of your brother, your friend, your neighbor, it's inconvienent. Hard to know that we can't fix it all right now, right quick.

Knowing is the first step, and the breaking of heart must come before change can begin.

The definition of compassion is: "a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering." This pain we feel, when we begin to see all the ugly realities of the world, is the moment when we decide to look to the heavens and blame God for this mess, to disregard their pain, to look away, or we choose to take His hand and his hope, and become his hand and his hope. This is when beauty evolves from the pain. One by one, a child Sponsored, a child loved, a person fed, the AIDS patient cared for, a soul saved, evolves into a man feeding, a woman saving.....


.....Love has a ripple effect. Jesus multiplies our offerings.

~Real change takes time, and takes a lot of people. Our world changes with each generation, and for this reason I believe that we need to raise our children to be compassionate children. They need to grow up caring about others around them. They need to be giving, they need to be loving, and kind. They are the unfolding pages and the continued story of our lives. What will they say, what will they do, and what are we teaching them?

~ "What most inspires a child to grow up caring about others is the caring that the child receives. That nurturing is itself a perfect role model for children." (read all here)

~Here are some practical ways to teach our children here in America to become compassionate adults:

*Read them the bible. Tell them how God wants them to love and help others.

*Be a model to them. Be kind to others, talk well about others, and let them see you routinely helping others.

*Read them books about different cultures, and treating others kindly.

*Teach them that it is important to eat a healthy, and well rounded diet in order to grow well, and stay healthy. This way they will understand why not having enough of good food and water is a need.

*Encourage a friendship with a child from another country.

*Involve them in giving. Give to your local needs, give to your church, have them pick out fabric for quilts for orphans, and buy presents for under priveldged children at Christmas time.

*Help them learn about other areas of the world.

*Show them this map:

The colors represent the areas of hunger.
Red = greater than 35% of population
Orange= 25-30% of the population
Light orange= 5-20%
Yellow= less than 5%

~There are so many needs of this world, but there are also so many of us.


Blogger Steven M. Russell said...

praying for you today.

great post.

so much has been said so far that is masting a lasting impression on me and pushing me to change my habits.

12:52 AM

Blogger Cristy said...

I'm praying for you today, thank you for being part of the 40 Day Fast! I loved all the links you included...now I'm off to read all this information you've given us.

7:25 AM

Blogger Kat said...

Excellent post Kristin.

I know I learned a lot about compassion and giving from my grandmother. Every year she purchased and prepared gifts for all the children in an orphanage in Mexico. It was always so humbling to know that those kids really treasured getting even basic things like combs and socks.

It was a great way to align our perspective as the Christmas season approached.

7:26 AM

Blogger Susanne said...

Great post! I learned so much from my Mom when I was growing up. She would take me with her to visit nursing homes. Sometimes we would sing/play piano, and other times we'd just visit the people there. I never understood why so many of my friends were scared or uncomfortable in nursing homes. But now I realize that it was because they had parents who wouldn't have stepped foot in there. It probably reminded them of their own mortality. My challenge today is to be the kind of mother to my kids that my mom has been to me...the kind of example that you talk about in your post. We do so need to teach our kids compassion because our society isn't teaching them about it at all.

7:42 AM

Anonymous Kat's Mom said...

Great post Kristin! We all could learn to be more compassionate and teaching your childing is a wonderful thing to do. In todays world it is so different from when I grew up - chikdren are growing up too soon and are so "me, me, me!"
The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.
- Albert Einstein

7:56 AM

Blogger euphrony said...

Praying for you today. Good post (both of them today) as we do need to teach our children well. Thanks for the tips.

8:06 AM

Blogger Tressa said...

Thank you for sharing on this topic today Kristin. I really believe we should set our children apart from the average child in America. Its something as a mother I am very passionate about.
When our children (ages 8,7, and 1) were in India last December, I was so proud- they did not grumble over having too little, or not having tv, or us having to handwash all our clothes. (They did grumble over the food though)
Its a mindset that we try to engrave into our children: holiness, otherness, and selflessness.
"Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity." 1 Timothy 4:12
Im praying for you today.

9:01 AM

Anonymous Jeremy Thiessen said...

Great post and perspective. It's a great reminder that we can give as much money as we can to causes around the world, but unless we are investing in our children and teaching them the reasons WHY we are so passionate about giving that money or our time, it will stop with us. Thanks!

10:01 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hadn't seen that map before -- fascinating. Thanks for the thoughts about being intentional with our kids, too.

There ARE a lot of us, too!


6:25 PM

Blogger Chaotic Hammer said...

Thanks so much for this, Kristin. Very informative and very inspiring.

6:42 PM

Blogger FancyPants said...

Thanks for posting the map. It definitely puts things into perspective.

We're kidless, but it's good to be thinking about these things now. Thanks, KD.

7:30 PM

Blogger marianne said...

This was great inspiration. I especially liked the article you linked to about teaching kids to care. I've been so focused on teaching them kindness at home and on their respective "playgrounds" that I have not extended it much past that. Some...just not enough. Thanks for all of the info.

9:19 PM

Blogger Larissa said...

that's an awesome post, kristin. i have loved following and reading everyone's blog (from your page) who is part of this. it's so exciting to see people getting together for a cause much bigger than us as individuals. i agree how important it is for us to instill this in our children, and not just let them see what's only right in front of them. thanks!!

10:33 AM


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