Posted: March 13th, 2010 | Author: admin | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: caring, compassion, Covenant House, help, homeless, marginalization, selflessness | No Comments »
Staff and residents of Covenant House NJ joined us for services last night.
I can not help but cry when I hear the stories of marginalization encountered by these youth. I cry more when I see the concern, dedication and selfless compassion of the staff.
We have so much. It takes so little to make someone’s life just that much easier. A safe place to sleep. A hot meal. A shower. Shoes. A smile. A small reminder that there is goodness and love in our world, no matter how dark and alone it may seem. A reminder for me. A reminder for you. And a reminder for them.
Please visit their site Do1thing.org
Posted: February 18th, 2010 | Author: admin | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: brother, effort, Green Day, help, investment, Jesus of Suburbia | No Comments »
No, I am not referring to the lyrics of Green Day’s Jesus of Suburbia. It is how I continually explain to my kids, my brother and even my parents that I will support, help out and get involved in various aspects of their lives, but they need to lead. It is their lives, their choices. If its important to them, then it is important to me. If they are not going to take a stake in something, make the required investment and demonstrate effort, then they should not expect me to take responsibility for it.
The other night my brother called up and asked me to come over and help him out with something. It was late, the streets were icy and it would have been really inconvenient for me to drive the 30 minutes over to his place. I asked him to look for something, with the intent of eventually trying to talk him through what needed do be done and then if he could not do it, I would come over. But it didn’t happen that way. He got annoyed and told me that he was not good at this kind of thing and he didn’t want to look for the wire that I asked him to find. So I said good bye and hung up.
The next morning he called again and told me that he didn’t appreciate how I acted or spoke to him. He was really angry. I said to him, “if you don’t care enough about your own situation to try and work through it, then frankly I don’t care either. If you call me up and ask for my help at 10:00 PM but can’t take the time or show some effort and look for the wire that you need to solve your problem, you can’t possibly expect me stop what I am doing and come over to your place.”
He calmed down and thanked me for explaining my position to him. So I told him what to look for and we began working through his problem. And it was my pleasure to help him out.
Posted: December 31st, 2009 | Author: admin | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: compassion, conflict, help, opportunity, peace, refugees, suffering, war | No Comments »
The good news: in the last 20 years the total number of armed conflicts across the globe has been reduced by almost 60%, the number of ongoing conflicts has dropped by 50% and the world’s displaced population has decreased by 16%.
The bad news: Globally, there are almost 80 wars currently being waged and of these, 29 are ongoing, sustained conflicts. The total number of refugees and internally displaced people as a result of war is currently about 42 million -which is equivalent to the combined population of the 44 largest cities in the United States.
Viewed from afar, statistics show conditions are certainly improving. Viewed from the ground, in a refugee camp, somewhere in the Democratic Republic of Congo, each day is a living hell.
Hoping 2010 will be better, will do nothing to actually make it better. So take it upon yourself to insure that in some small way it is better. If you have a little extra, please pass it on to those who have nothing. If you have a voice, please use it for those who can not or will not be heard. 2010 is an opportunity to do something good. To act selflessly. To become something bigger than yourself 365 times. Make the most of it. Happy New Year and go in peace.