“I’ve come more and more to realize that it is being unwanted that is the worst disease any human being can ever experience, and unless there are willing hands to serve and loving hearts to love, this terrible disease can never be cured.”
— Mother Teresa
I recently read this quote in a book and it gave words to something I have thought about for many years. I wonder, if every child felt loved and wanted would we still have adults who are drug addicts, alcoholics or afflicted with other types of dysfunction?
I mean the world is so big and everyone does the best they can to survive and some thrive, but where is the line, that difference that makes someone thrive? Does it start at the beginning of life when our first teachers are our parents? Kids need to learn how to love, to feel valued, to make good decisions, to cope with ups and downs, but what happens when they don’t? There’s a hole inside them… something missing. Some will make it and some won’t.
In the past when neighbors and people you knew had problems like not enough food, mental illness or anything else, neighbors and churches helped each other. It was a time of accountability for one another. You were expected to try to get on your feet if you could and return the favor when you could.
But now our government, a faceless institution, has stepped in and taken away as much as they have given. They give with no accountability, no caring attitude, no arms to hold, and no rules for when it should stop. We are becoming a nation that trust and leans on the government instead of each other. Where is this leading us?
How can we live in a world where everyone is so connected online, yet so lonely and without human touch offline? No arms around those unwanted and no encouragement for those feeling unloved. How do we stop the drug epidemic, the lack of value for human life and this materialistic all-consuming life we live?
This is all so big and my thoughts are all over the place, but I do think it starts with one person at a time. Each person who is put in front of us is there for a reason. Each hand reached out for a touch… arms there to hold.
The love of Jesus is the only answer I have in this big confusing, messed-up world and changing the world starts with you and me. You and me standing firm in our faith that He is the only answer. Through the power of the risen Christ, we can work miracles if we are willing to give attention. We can change it all if we give attention to the unwanted and unloved… just like Jesus did.
“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.”
— 1 Peter 4:10
This video shows how being unwanted effects you… pretty powerful stuff. I’d love to hear what you think about the topic of this post so please leave your comments below. Thank you! Love you all.