She asked a question. It was a big question and as always straightforward. It’s how she thinks despite only being seven years old. I’m not sure what she will end up doing with her life; however, I am sure it will make a difference. I mean. This girl gets it.
The question: “Why are there so many homeless people when there are so many homes?”
It certainly made me think. Hard. My response was not an answer, “Good question.”
It’s a good question and it deserves an answer.
This sweet girl reminded me that I need to be constantly attentive to those in need.
It wasn’t that long ago when we had a talk about orphans in this world who need families. My heart.
There are so many in this world who have needs. It’s too big of a problem to have one answer.
One thing I know for sure is that the answer starts with you and I. At least that’s how I understand what Christ said: “And you, beloved, are the light of the world. A city built on a hilltop cannot be hidden” (Matthew 5:14, Voice).
It seems to me, if, there were more willing to be light there would be less in need. It’s the answer God has issued . . . for you and I . . . to be light.
I finally gave an answer to reassure her and all of our kiddos:
You and I can be a part of the answer as light. When I watch you, I see the light in you shining. And. I’m proud and grateful you have chosen to be a light.
In her wisdom she looked at me and said:
But. I’m just a little light.
This girl’s heart.
I told her:
Your light matters. And, it makes even more of difference when your light shines with other light. It’s one reason we are the Church . . . all of us . . . to be light together.
I said one more thing to her:
Our world sure needs more light. Let’s agree to always be light together and shine.
Her answer was a big smile and a huge hug that lit up my world.
More later –Kerrie
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(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2016 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)