And, that is what prompted my Google searches on “how to start a non-profit organization.” If you read yesterday’s post, you are aware that my son was unhappy that I have an iPad, and he doesn’t. He was also unhappy that his sister slept with me, and he didn’t. At the close of the evening on Tuesday night, he grumbled a little more. I simply told him, “Life is good for you, John Henry.”
“Life is not good for me,” I heard him say as he traipsed up the stairs.
No. He. Just. Didn’t.
Yes. He. Did.
It was as if I had been practicing the parenting speech that would follow for years.
“Come here, son. Let me take you to a third world country and show you children with no toys. Let me take to you a poverty-stricken village where children sleep with no roof over their heads. Let me take you to a place where children are hungry and wondering if they will eat that day. Wondering if this is the day they STARVE TO DEATH.”
Notice how I emphasized the “starve to death” part for dramatic impact?
I continued to tell him how blessed he is. Not remind him. But, tell him. Because, somehow, he had been completely unaware some children go without food. But, beyond telling him about his blessings, I told him that things are just things. I told him I could drop my fancy iPad tomorrow, and it could shatter into tiny pieces. And, what would I have left? Well, not a cool iPad, and probably an upset husband. But, anyway….
I would still be a child of a King who completes me. That, in Him, I can be content no matter where I am or what I have. Because of HIM.
He went onto bed, and I followed up shortly after. I noticed tears streaming down his cheeks. Being the good parent that I am, I assumed he was crying over how “life isn’t good” for him. Good one, Mom.
“That’s not why I’m crying,” he responded.
“Because there are hungry children. “
I comforted him and nodded.
Then, he asked, “What can we do?”
Wow. I wasn’t prepared for that one. So, I gave the “we give more, and we need others to give more to help feed them” answer.
“Can I start collecting money for them?” He asked me.
“I think so. Let’s talk about this tomorrow.”
So, we prayed, and we talked again the next day.
Last night, he reminded me about our conversation. I asked him to pray. I asked him to seek God and ask Him to show him ways to raise money for those less fortunate. Then, I told him, that when he feels like God gives him an idea, to let me know.
In the meantime, I’m researching on my end. And, while I realize there are plenty of good solid organizations to give to, I know this is something he needs to do. He wants to do. And, really? I guess we all need to want to do it. Who knows where this will go. Or, perhaps, what organization it might connect us to. But, I do know John Henry desires to put hands and feet to his new awareness that hungry children exist. And, I want to do the same.
He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward him for what he has done.” Proverbs 19:17