Over the last few years, I’ve read some books and blogs that have altered the way I look at the world.
did you know:
> every 30 seconds a person falls victim to human trafficking?
> that 99% of those victims never get rescued?
> that there are estimated 145 million orphans in the world?
> that 1 billion people in this world do not have access to clean water?
> that malaria kills about 2,800 African children a day?
Those are just a few stats. They make me uncomfortable. They make my heart ache.
Sometimes I wish I would have never read them. Sleep would come easier.
Because once you are aware of the injustices and hurt in this world, you no longer can continue living the way you were.
Well, I guess you can. You can ignore the facts or tell yourself they really don’t affect you or pretend that just one person can’t really make a difference. (but we all know that isn’t true.)
Those books and these realities have made me take a good look at my life.
Usually after reading one of the books or blogs, I’m inspired to action, but reality is, I put my book down and think, “Wow. That’s crazy” or “that’s amazing she did that, but I could never” or “I’m glad he sold his house and downsized so his family could give away more money…there is no way I’m even going to entertain that thought.”
And then the books pile on my nightstand collecting dust.
I tell myself that I have to take care of myself and my family. That that is enough.
But is it?
But if it is, why is my heart being pulled in this direction. Why do I feel such a compassion for these causes?
I don’t have any answers. I just know I’ve put this desire on the back burner long enough.
Maybe it just means using this blog to share about different organizations to raise awareness. Maybe it’s giving money. Maybe it’s volunteering at a soup kitchen. I don’t know. I’ll let you know when I figure it out…if I ever do.
Until then… here are some organizations you can check out… all of them started by one person who was bothered by the injustice they saw. One person with a vision, a solution who made a difference…
Love 146: child trafficking
Because now that I know, I can’t ignore it. I am responsible too.
Are there certain causes that you are passionate about? I would love to hear about them!