Tuesday, January 10, 2006
The Children, Always Think of the Children
We can debate methods, public policy, politics, theology. . .you name it. But in all our conversations, we must never forget the children.
Children can't help it.
Children aren't responsible for their position, plight or parents.
For the most part, children are all the same when they get here.
It's where they call "home" that often determines the path of their lives.
Economic status is not the only determinate of destiny in life.
But, it is a gigantic factor.
Make no mistake about it, poor children have huge mountains to climb that middle class and upper class kids just don't face.
When I think of the city, I think of children.
I see faces of children I've known personally.
I think of all that so many have overcome.
I think of a growing number from our community who go on to college or trade schools.
I can't get their smiles, their energy, their foul-ups, their victories and their creativity out of my mind.
Unless you've been in a place like this, you just cannot image how powerful, how wonderful and how amazing the children are!
So, forgive me. Whenever subjects come up like public policy or church mission or economic development or housing or health care or personal and organizational priorities, I always think of the children.
And frankly, that changes everything. . .I mean, everything.