What are you passionate about? I'm passionate about lots of different things. One of the things I like is hip-hop culture..
I got 3 students up to the front and got them to do some breakdancing moves. I showed them what to do, got them to do it - and increased the difficulty of the moves gradually. We made sure that all of them got prizes and got everyone to give them a shout and a cheer as they were doing their breaking moves!
If you can't do something like this, get them to do something you feel passionate about!
Another thing I'm passionate about is something that God is passionate about - it's poverty and looking out for those who are less fortunate than we are.
The Bible says, "Stop doing wrong, learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow." (Isaiah 1.17)
If the World were 100 people:
50 would be female
50 would be male
20 would be 0-14
67 would be 15-64
14 would be 65 and older
5 would be from North America
9 would be from Latin America & the Caribbean
12 would be from Europe
61 would be from Asia
13 would be from Africa
31 would be Christian
21 would be Muslim
14 would be Hindu
6 would be Buddhist
12 would believe in other religions
16 would not be religious or identify themselves as being aligned with a particular faith
17 would speak Chinese
8 would speak Hindustani
8 would speak English
7 would speak Spanish
4 would speak Arabic
4 would speak Russian
3 would speak Bengali
2 would speak Malay-Indonesian
2 would speak French
45 would speak other languages
82 would be able to read and write
18 would not
87 males would be able to read and write
13 males would not be able to read and write
77 females would be able to read and write
23 females would not be able to read and write
76 males would have a primary school education
72 females would have a primary school education
66 males would have a secondary school education
63 females would have a secondary school education
1 would have a college education
47 would be urban dwellers
53 would be rural dwellers
83 would have access to safe drinking water
17 would use unimproved water
17 would be undernourished
<1% would have HIV/AIDS
<1%would have tuberculosis
53 would live on less than 2USD per day
50 would live in poverty
69 would have electricity
31 would not
34 would be cell phone subscribers
17 would be active internet users
1 would own a computer
So many times, we forget how fortunate we are. Other times, we just think about ourselves. Did you know that one way to help us feel happier and less depressed is to think about other people. It's really hard to think about what we can do about other people, or why we should even worry about people on the other side of the world.
The Starfish Story (Original Story by: Loren Eisley)
One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean. Approaching the boy, he asked, “What are you doing?” The youth replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.” “Son,” the man said, “don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make a difference!” After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said…”I made a difference for that one.”
So here are some ideas
1. Buy Fairtrade products. Why should you benefit from wearing, drinking, eating things that other people or young children have made in terrible slave-like conditions.
2. You can sponsor child - Compassion UK or World Vision or Toybox Charity all do this. You can transform the life of a child.
3. Think about what you do with your money. Could you save just £1 a week and then give that to a charity who could use it to fight poverty.
4. Places like Tearfund, Christian Aid and others allow you to give 'gifts' to other people by putting your money to work in another country - buying a family a cow, giving children an education and more.
The Bible says
"He who is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward him for what he has done.” The Bible also says that you will reap what you sow. This means that somehow, in ways we can't explain, what we do will come back to us. If you give, are kind, are loving and do things for others, this is the kind of thing that can happen to you. But we should give because we love and want to see change, not to get for ourselves!
Whatever you believe, you can make a difference. One by one, little by little. Make a change today!