What if this were the year?
What if this were the year that you made a difference?
What if 2018 were the year that you finally decided to put good thoughts into action, instead of just thinking about it?
In this year of 2018, you are given the gift of 365 opportunities to make a difference. 365 opportunities to change a life. 365 opportunities to help a child in need.
For you see, this year of 2018 is not just one opportunity, it is 365 different opportunities to bring good unto our early, to bring change in a world that needs it, to bring hope and healing to children who are suffering so very tragically and in so many ways. It is not just one chance to make difference in this world, but 365 different days to do so.
Imagine if you chose to embrace this opportunity; these opportunities. Imagine if you decided to become an advocate for children who are suffering, and who are in need.
On any given day this year, there will be roughly 465,000 children in the foster care system. Sadly, there are not enough people willing to fight for these children, willing to be their advocated, willing to make a difference in their lives.
Some say they are too busy. Others say they don’t have enough resources. There are those who say that they don’t know how to help. Far too many say that what they want to do won’t matter in the long run.
But, there is enough time to help. You do have enough resources. There are ways. What you do each day WILL matter.
Two days before Christmas, my home saw 22 children in it, at one time or another. From former foster children of ours to some homeless teens near where we live, to current children in foster care living with our family, to our own children; it was one busy and crowded day. My wife and I hosted a large Christmas meal, complete with stockings for many of these children; these children who were unable to have a true Christmas celebration. Could my wife and I do it all by ourselves? Possibly. By grace, though, there were some in the community who reached out by helping us with meals, helping us with gifts, and helping us with transportation. These people took the opportunity to make a difference, and chose to help change lives. Not only did their actions help the children in my home, but they helped my wife and me. Not only did their actions touch the lives of those children in need, they touched the hearts of my family.
There are plenty of excuses you can find, each day. There are plenty of valid reasons you can use to justify why you will not use 2018 as the year you make a difference. Indeed, society will most likely not fault you in not helping. After all, you are too busy, you have too much on your plate, too many responsibilities, and there is nothing that you can really do, anyway, to help.
You can continue to believe that in 2018. You can continue to live that lifestyle for the next 365 days. On the other hand, you can decide, right now, to make this the year that YOU change the world; that YOU make a difference; that what YOU do helps make the lives of children in need better. You have it within you to change the future of a child, to bring joy and happiness to a child who is hurting, to save a life.
There is a child out there, right now, who is hoping that you will help them.
Will this be the year?
Let’s make this the year of the foster child.
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