I was considering my current set of challenges when the almost 300 kidnapped girls in Nigeria came to mind. My problems pale in comparison. I went on to think about how I look at situations like this one. I hear about earthquakes, tsunamis, unclean drinking water, and starving children in other parts of the world. I hear about suffering veterans, hungry families, homeless people, and a devastating tornado in my own backyard. I catch wind of these stories almost daily and yet I’m able to carry on with MY day unphased.
The world is vast and there are so many people suffering. What can I possibly do about any of it? There are numerous causes to get involved in, so many in fact, that I end up feeling overwhelmed and get involved in zero. Other people are taking care of that and it’s not my problem. I have my own problems. I literally don’t have money to contribute this week (and this is the correct use of the word literally.) I can’t leave my family for a week to volunteer. Pretty much it’s not my problem, right?
It’s THIS attitude that keeps our world in turmoil. It keeps people in my community, my neighbor, and even my friends in turmoil.
I’ve heard that if we made it a priority to end world hunger, it would take very little time and money to make it a non-issue. WHAT?! We have the ability in our lifetime to fix this and it’s not fixed?! It’s because we haven’t come together to fix it. It’s because we consider it someone else’s problem.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead
Yesterday I read about Sophie Scholl, a teenager in Germany, who published and distributed leaflets encouraging Germans to stand up to the Nazis. It didn’t have to be Sophie’s problem. She wasn’t in danger of being sent off to die in a concentration camp, but she made it her problem. She and her TEENAGE friends DIED fighting for the rights of Jewish men, women, and children.
God bless all of the concerned citizens who have taken a stand and made others’ problems THEIR problem too. They serve in our military. They helped after Katrina. They are doctors without borders. They contribute financially. They are life changers.
“Meanwhile, on Monday night, members of the terrorist group murdered around 300 citizens in a town in Borno State, and abducted another 11 girls, the Nigerian newspaper Punch reports. There have been reports from people living along the border that all of the girls have been taken to Chad or Camaroon, AP says, and that around two dozen of them are ill, while two have died from venomous snake bites.”-Rachel Nuwer, Smart News
Reading the paragraph above gave me chills.
It’s my problem too is the way I’m going to start approaching each day. I may not ever be able to make a huge financial contribution to end world hunger, but I can save my change and make a donation at the end of the year. I can click daily at The Hunger Site, where a cup of food is donated every time I click. I can click for multiple causes at their website and it only takes a few seconds.
I can leave a few cans for the U.S. Postal Service when they do food drives. I can give blood. I may not be able to go help after a tornado, but I can visit an elderly person in a nursing home who never has visitors. I can call my friend who is going through a divorce and listen.
What would our world look like if we quit turning our heads away in apathy and declared, “It’s my problem too!”