I can not sleep.
Why? Because of a movie my husband I just watched: The Machine Gun Preacher. I recommend you watch this, no matter what faith you may be rooted in, or lack there of. This man, Sam Childers, has given his life to help protect the orphans of the war raging in Uganda and Sudan. It is truly the best movie I have seen in a very long time, because it is real life. A real man making a difference in hundreds of children’s lives.
I can’t begin to relay how many times I cried during this film. To see innocent children slaughtered, sold into slavery, burned alive, beaten, maimed, forced to kill their own parents…the list of atrocities are endless.
Why have I never known about this? Because I didn’t want to know. Because knowing makes my comfort zone that much less comfortable.
I am ashamed.
Part of my childhood was spent in San Diego, CA. It was during a time when I was very fragile. To this day, I refuse to watch the news because of my time spent there. Death. Drugs. Gangs. Violence. It was horrifying to me as a child. And still to this day.
I don’t listen to much that of what goes on in the world today because I feel powerless to stop it. It terrifies me, how depraved some people have become. Where is the hope? Where is the compassion? Where are the hands that should be pulling the needy up for the gutters. They are there, but too many times their stories are not shared. The good is overshadowed by the bad.
There are amazing people, doing amazing things all across the globe. Giving of their time, their money, and their lives to make a difference. I applaud the men and women who fight to protect our country. I applaud the men and women who feed the needy and give blankets to the homeless. To the people who care for orphans and widows. To those hands that reach to help, not hurt.
I am sick of hearing only how bad our world has become. There is good left in this world! And I want to hear about it.
If you, or someone you know, has done something above and beyond to help someone, please share it with me. No act of kindness is too small.
Let’s fill up my page tonight and all of tomorrow with tales of true heroes, those who are not afraid to do what is right.
PS: While looking for an image to use for this blog post, I kept running across “Random Acts of Kindness.” I say, let’s do “Purposeful Act of Kindness.” Pick someone in need and go help them. Let someone know that you care about them today.
Want to know more about the Machine Gun Preachers? Click on the movie image above to link you to the website.