We’ve all seen the commercials asking you to become the sponsor of a starving child. Our hearts are heavy for these children as we see them barely clinging to life. We wish there was something we could do to change their situation and more times than I’d like to admit, I’ve turned my head, diverted my eyes or changed the channel. After a few moments, the guilt subsides and my life goes on as usual.
So do their lives.
The commercials end but the suffering goes on. Children all over the world are still hungry, still dying of preventable diseases, still drinking dirty water. My few moments of guilt do nothing to improve their situation.
I have always thought about sponsoring a child but I never felt like the time was right. I didn’t feel like I had enough money. My recent trip to Isla Roatan in Honduras opened my eyes to the struggle people face on a daily basis. A sixty-second commercial does not have the same impact on a person as being there. I realized that no matter how “broke” I convince myself that I am, my life is so fortunate and I should give to those less fortunate than myself.
Today, instead of feeling guilty about doing nothing, I sponsored a child in Honduras. I accomplished a goal but more importantly, I am helping in a small way to change someone else’s life for the better. I am helping give them an opportunity in life. Helping someone else is far more rewarding than scratching another goal off of my list.
I urge you to consider sponsoring a child of your own. It will be one of the most rewarding choices of your life.