It’s been entirely too long since I sat down to put my thoughts and ramblings into words for this blog. Life in the Latch home is extremely hectic with school activities, sports, running my photography business, and my husband’s hotshot company. Seems like there’s always something to be done and very little time for anything extra.
I wanted to touch bases with you on a subject that’s been weighing on me for quite some time now. I may even rant a little bit, forgive me. I want you to for a moment consider the biggest problem in life right now. Now, I want you to consider the biggest problems of others in the world for a minute. How do your biggest problems stack up to those of the world? We spend a lot of time dwelling on issues that don’t really matter in the grand scheme of things and completely neglect some real BIG problems facing those around us. We forget to be grateful for what we have because what we don’t have clouds our judgement. We live in a constant state of oblivion to our fellow man. We don’t concern ourselves for others because their issues are NOT OUR PROBLEM! We’ve become a culture that completely lacks empathy for others. We sit in our little box casting judgement on everyone, focusing on the mundane day to day of our sheltered lives, and complaining about what is wrong with the world. News flash! WE are what’s wrong with the world! If you’re not a part of the solution, you’re a part of the problem!
Did you know that 1 in 4 children suffers from malnutrition worldwide? Probably not because it’s not your problem. Here’s something you may not know, according to dosomething.org, 1 in 6 people in America suffer from hunger. Let’s think about that for a second. Envision your 6 closest friends. Now imagine that 1 of them doesn’t have the food they need to thrive. Hits a little closer to home doesn’t it? If you knew your neighbor didn’t have enough resources to properly nourish their children, would you step in to help? Imagine the desperation those parents must feel. When was the last time you were really hungry? We joke and say we’re hangry when we haven’t eaten for a few hours but we don’t stop to consider that there are children across the world, across the nation, and even in our very own backyard who haven’t eaten in days! It’s not our problem right? But, what if it were you? Would you want someone else to make it their problem and step up to help you out. To help your kids get the nourishment they so desperately need?
There’s the man who got laid off and is searching for a job but can’t seem to find one. He’s working odd jobs to pay the bills but it’s not enough. He can’t provide for his family, not for lack of trying, but it’s not your problem. The kid on the baseball team who has a single mom trying her hardest to get him where he needs to be because even though she’s run completely ragged, she doesn’t want him to miss out on anything. She can’t drive him to practice sometimes because of work so he walks, sometimes miles to get there but that’s not your problem. The teenage girl who so desperately seeks the attention of every male she meets because nobody taught her she’s beautiful, loved, and cherished. She finds herself a mother when she too is just a child and she needs help desperately. She needs to feel loved and worthy of real love desperately but that’s not your problem!
There’s a lot of controversy surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement. I think a lot of us who are not black, don’t fully grasp the concept that racism is alive and thriving in our own backyard. Why? Because it’s “not our problem“. It doesn’t directly affect us and our family and thus we turn a blind eye to the fact that it actually IS a problem for someone. It’s a very real problem for our neighbors, co-workers, friends, and our children’s schoolmates. Don’t believe me? I have a very good long time friend who happens to be black. Yesterday, as her children rode the bus to school, a white kid pulled a knife out on her daughter and threatened to stab her, her brother, and the other black children on the bus. Yes, but you’re right, racism no longer exists here. I’m absolutely shaking with anger and frustration for her family even as I type this. As much as I want to get my belt after the behind of that child on the bus, I want to ring the neck of his parents even more because Racism is a learned behavior. Do all lives matter? Absolutely! Are we saying by supporting Black Lives Matter that we don’t believe that ALL lives matter? Absolutely not, but let’s get real honest, when was the last time your life was threatened or your intentions questioned for strolling through your neighborhood at night just because of the color of your skin?
My point is, be a part of the solution! You can’t solve all the world’s problems, but you can certainly help with some. The bible tells us to love our neighbor as ourselves. Are you truly loving others as you love yourself? Because loving others fully sometimes requires taking their problems and making them our own. Working together to find solutions instead of creating more division. If you see someone that needs help, roll your sleeves up and get in there to help! If we aren’t helping those with needs big or small, and we aren’t teaching our children to be a part of the solution, our future is doomed and that IS OUR PROBLEM!
I leave you with a FREE printable to frame for your home and remind you daily to be kind and help others. It’s formatted to an 8×10 just click the link below the image to download and print.
“Be the change you want to see in the world”-Gandhi