As the year turns from old to new, I often reminisce about the past, look to the future and wish for myself and my family members good health and happiness. Don’t we all dream about leading a better life, reaching forward and never back? I know I do – there’s the hope that I will be eating well, travelling to farther reaches of the world and enjoying life more than I already do in the months ahead.
Admittedly, I don’t tend to think too much about the less fortunate at this time. I do my bit for charity, but the truth is, I don’t relate enough to the circumstances they face. When I come across a story that is touching, it always feels like it is “someone else’s story”, not mine. I try to do my part to contribute and then I get on with my own life.
But at a recent gathering, the new friends I made there changed my mind. They did not just get on with their lives after encountering another person’s hardship. In places such as China, Cambodia and Uganda, they volunteered to bear the burden of caring for the dying, the youths at risk and those with less than a glimmer of hope to survive. They have been doing this for years and their reward is to see a child smile and hear his laughter.
Blue Sky Healing Home, Riverkids Project and Morning Star Family Home – we feature their stories in this issue of ZbBz to start the year on an inspiring and compassionate note.
Their challenges remind us of the injustices of the world and how inherent they are for some of our fellow men, women, babies and children.
Who is fortunate and who is not? It may all be relative. If you’re too used to the firstclass life, then it may be hard for you to understand what it’s like to be poor to the point of being left to die on the streets or trafficked for a few dollars. But each time you feel that God has been unfair to you, don’t forget that there is someone out there who has been dealt a much unluckier card. As we look forward to a new year of peace and prosperity, it might be a good idea to take a moment to think about how we could make life better for the less fortunate among us − like our featured heroes do.
This new year, let’s all share a little love outside our comfortable lives. It’s not too difficult and it won’t cost too much. All it really takes is a little bit of heart.