My Hidden Treasures

Archive for March, 2012

What if?

Have you ever thought about different things that happen in the world and how we are rather insignificant as far as world events are concerned.

We are too far away.

It’s too complicated.

Too hard.

Too much money needed.

We can’t change anything.

Can’t improve anything.

Can’t help anything.

At least not in a big way!

I know that is wrong!  I know that even though I am only one person, very insignificant as far as the world is concerned, I know I can make a difference, if I will only try.

That is the key, ‘if only I will try’.

I am not famous, wealthy nor from an influential family, so I don’t have much leverage to change anything on a world wide level, but, what if I invested just a small amount of money each month, into something or someone that might be able to change the world?

What if I only changed the world a teeny, tiny, bit?

Is parenting important?

Does it matter how I raise my child/children?

Is it possible our child can grow to be a great leader?  Every great leader has parents? Why not me?

OK, everyone wants to help their own children, we do that automatically and without a second thought of the cost each month until it comes time for university or something like that; then we notice the cost a bit more.

What about that child on the other side of the world that is slowly dying of hunger, or from a disease caused by unclean water or a mosquito bite?

What if I invested a small sum each month and helped a child to not just survive, but to dream, to be educated and to work hard, and to accomplish something his or her parents were never able to?

Time to dream….

What if this helps create a powerful, great leader of some country that I have never been to?

What if this powerful leader is then able to invest in their country in a way that makes the country a better place to live, a place where there are no starving children, where poverty is rare, rather than normal. (Like where I live now.)

What if this child grows up to be the one who saves hundreds of lives by inventing a life saving cure for some awful disease.

What if this saves the life of my child or my grandchild or me?

What if I never helped this child that can change the world into a better place?

It’s true, there is no way to know which one is “the one” when we choose a child to help.  Just as we don’t know if our own children will be ‘the one’.

What if the child you choose grows up to be a responsible, healthy, educated adult and leads a productive life and teaches his or her family these same lessons, thus breaking this cycle of destruction?

What if the child helps a village, and not a whole country?

What if the child helps save the life of others in poverty, by helping others who are still stuck in the cycle of death?

Would it be enough to know this child grew into a loving, caring adult that is an asset to their community and a person who loves the Lord?

What would it take to commit to a child on the other side of the world,  the promise of a future, of life and of success?

Would you give up one evening out to supper?

Would you give up your gourmet coffee?

What would it be?

Who would be the winner?

Would it be the child?

Would it be you?

I have done this.  I have helped a child.  I do help a child.  It’s small and insignificant on the world event page, but, it’s the world to me.

Who has it helped the most?

ME!     ME!    ME!

I am the one who has gained the most.

Won’t you treat yourself to a blessing that is way beyond your imagination?

Click below and choose a child today!

Canada         USA

Waiting…

Think back for a minute, for a time when you had to wait, maybe at the grocery checkout, or at the bank, or a busy day in traffic.  What about the lineups to buy merchandise during the busy seasons like Christmas.  Have you waited for an appointment?  Do you remember a time when you had to wait for a whole week?  Do you remember waiting for your birthday or for Christmas to hurry up and come? Your grad?  Your wedding?  Your first child? Payday?  Sometimes it took forever for the special day to arrive.

Do you think waiting takes longer for children than adults?

Does it depend on what you are waiting for?

Let’s say you’re a child growing up in poverty.  A church nearby your home announces that they have partnered with Compassion and because of this partnership, if you are registered in the program, you will receive benefits that were never before available to you.

Benefits like:

  • educational opportunities
  • health care and health-related instruction
  • nutrition
  • life-skills training

And opportunities to hear about and respond to the gospel.

It’s all very exciting so your parents take you and register you at the local church. The church volunteers gather information about you and your family and take your picture. You’re officially registered!

You now have all the financial benefits of this program but there’s more! You are going to be connected to one sponsor. You just have to wait for someone to sponsor you.

And for some children, they wait and wait and wait…

What is that child feeling once they are registered and know their picture is going to be sent out all over the world and a sponsor is going to choose them?

Are they a little bit scared of the unknown?

Are they excited to find out who will choose them?

Does a week feel like a month?

What about when some of their friends start to get chosen?

Do they begin to anticipate their own new sponsor must be very close now?

What happens three months later and they are still not chosen?

Do they begin to worry just a little bit?

What about six months later?

What are they waiting for now?

They are waiting for the love of a sponsor.

How long will they wait before they start to feel like maybe they won’t get a sponsor after all?

Every country you go to, the symbol of love is a heart.

Check out all the hearts in the address below.  Each heart represents one child that has waited 180 day or more.

Often more.

Some are a whole year!

Imagine how that child feels!

What is your heart telling you?

http://www.compassion.com/sponsor_a_child/default.htm?referer=123601

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