Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Real Problem with America, and the Beginning of a Solution

"Remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof."  President John F. Kennedy
I imagine some of you are expecting me to go on about the incoming president or something.  But I'm not.  I'm going to talk about what's really wrong with America.  It begins with us putting too much pressure on the office of presidency, thinking that the next new president will make things better and be some sort of savior.  That's just it, there has only ever been one Savior and he wasn't a president of the US, his name is Jesus. 
The real problem with America is that we are looking for the President (or government) to take care of things that we should really already be doing.  Hear me out, please.  I'm pretty sure you'll agree or at least see what I'm saying.

  • If you are concerned about the environment, plant a tree, volunteer to replant a forest or start a nursery. (Check out the National Forest Foundation)
  • If you are concerned that teachers aren't getting paid enough or our schools don't have enough money, donate money, organize a fundraiser or volunteer to help! (Helpful article on ways to volunteer at your child's school here.)
  • If you are concerned with how immigrants are being treated, volunteer to help teach English or a job skills class.  (Check out ESL programs at schools or churches in your area.)
  • If you are concerned about forest fires, volunteer, donate money or organize fundraisers for the volunteer (or other) fire departments so when there is an emergency they have the funds they need to fight the fire!  (Contact your local Fire Department!)
  • If you are concerned about homeless people, donate or volunteer at a local homeless shelter, soup kitchen, food bank or with Habitat for Humanity.
  • If you are concerned with the amount of children in the foster system in the US or the orphan crisis, donate, volunteer to open your home to foster or pray about adoption. (Helpful links: Orphan Prevention, Adopt US Kids, or here.)
  • If you are concerned about why an historic building isn't being preserved, donate money, volunteer to help restore it or help with the local historical society. (For CO: History Colorado)
  • If you don't like the direction something is going in our Nation, write letters to your congressman and be nice!  People are more likely to hear you out and maybe change their opinion if you treat them with respect.
  • Instead of using social media to highlight negative things, why not use all that influence for good by raising funds for something or bringing awareness to some cause?
  • Instead of spending time digging up things that you dislike the President, go do something useful!  Help make the world a better place.  You can't change someone else, but you can change the way you react, your perspective and what you choose to do with your life!

“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” Jackie Robinson
If you are passionate about something you can advocate for it.  Who else will if you don't?  Help give minorities a voice.  Help the less fortunate.  Help your neighbor.  Every little bit helps.  
Other things you can do:  
  • Be kind to your neighbor.
  • Love others.
  • Volunteer at your Church.
  • Shovel an elderly or widow's driveway when it snows.
  • Take meals to a family who just welcomed a new baby, or just had surgery.
  • Get to know your local Law Enforcement Officers or School Resource Officers.
  • Volunteer at a local safehouse for victims of domestic violence.
  • Eat local by purchasing from farmers, local markets or local shops in your area.
  • Volunteer at your local Humane Society.
These aren't totally inclusive lists but rather a place to start!  I leave you with one of the closing statements of the one of the greatest President's inaugural address.

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