I just read a great Facebook status from a friend of mine, “No matter how old you are, no matter how badass you think you are, when a toddler passes you his ringing toy phone… You answer it.” ~Marcos Torres-Smith
The funny thing is, as simple as this statement is, it was exactly what I needed to hear today. You see the truth is, we can be so focused in our own lives with our own things, that we can forget something as simple as interaction with those around us, not to mention the value and impact that has in the lives of children who we have opportunities to invest in each day.
I’m not hear to build a “ministry” or erect a lifeless monument , but rather give, invest in, and Love those around me, specifically children, for that is generational thinking. That is what my heart beats for and how I want to live the rest of my life…to be a safe place…to be an example…
In the Book, Street Girls, Hope on the Streets of Brazil, Matt Roper shares a letter written by Alexandra who was invisible to many as she roamed the streets. Here is a portion of it.
“Sometimes I sit in the park and watch the boys and girls walking with their mums and dads. I think to myself, ‘Why couldn’t that be me?’ Oh God, I want so much to be happy, but I don’t think that I ever will be. I went to the streets because of this. I am very angry inside of me. Once, on Mother’s day, the teacher at school told all the class to write a letter to their mother. The other children laughed at me and said, ‘Who are you going to write to? You haven’t got a mother, not even a father.’ I cried so much. When will this hurt stop deep inside? Sometimes I just want to die. But I must thank God, because there are people who don’t even have what I have. I pray for those people, that God will bless them in the way that I know He will bless me. I hope that I might win in life one day. Alexandra.”
She, along with others are calling out for love, family, people to believe in them, to invest in them, or just a simple acknowledgement that they are worth your time…A child is calling out, toy phone or not, I’m answering…