My beautiful middle child is 5 today and we celebrate her with such excitement for her future. As I walked her to school and watched her run down the hill with such zest shouting ‘ it’s my birthday everyone’ I could not get the image of a little girl who we sponsor through a charity called “Compassion” out of my head. I saw Belle’s life full of freedom and choice yet there are so many kids in this charity’s files still waiting for any kind of freedom. The girl we sponsor is called Dia and she sits proudly in a frame in the kitchen so that we are reminded to pray and think about her often.
When we choose to sponsor Dia, it was such an easy choice especially when our kids made it seem like it was not even a choice to withhold such basics from another human. I love the way my kids think because it’s so simple and pure. ‘ mum they don’t have food so we must give them some’ So for £25 a month we give this child food, education and even medical care. Dia will be plugged into a local church which we know will do wonders for her especially being an orphan because church has such an amazing ability to create family in an instant. We worked it out that we would have to give up a tiny home comfort every week to be able to provide a child with a future.
We as parents can sit and worry about every detail in our kids lives and even question if we are doing enough. What Dia has done for us is put our small worries into perspective and look outwards. Something completely freeing takes place when we look up from our problems and start to look at the needs of others.
I feel like we need to say thank you to Dia because she is teaching our children so much already. She will teach my children that they grow up in a family who give to those in need and love complete strangers. She teaches my children to realise how privileged they are to have access to such luxuries when other struggle for the basics. I hope that what Dia will show them is not to grow up self indulgent and to always think ‘ how can I help’
I don’t know what it was about Belle’s freedom running down that hill that moved me to my core but it’s small moments like that in life that can place you right back into the mindset you need. Maybe in your life right now you feel tied down with worry or even fear of the future. I challenge to to look up and outwards and try change someone else’s future whether it’s through compassion or simply helping out a friend. I am not saying your problems will disappear but what I can say is they will become smaller.
Let’s not take our freedom for granted today and live life with an outwards looking attitude. Go make someone smile today and you may surprise yourself with how great you feel.