Recently, I was engaged in a conversation with a very astute wife and mother, regarding the plight of young ladies who have found themselves in a position that is not uncommon in our society today. I referenced young ladies because more times than not, after the birth of one, or sometimes multiple children outside of marriage, it is usually the mothers who are left to shoulder the burden of providing for their children. As we talked, I was encouraged by her concern however; she took the matter to a different level as she referenced her involvement in ministries to offer support and guidance to these young ladies.
Shortly after the first encounter, I was involved in a conversation with a wife, mother and grandmother, who voiced a similar stance. She discussed her desire to provide support with views and passions, parallel to those of the person to whom I had spoken with previously. Her position was not only an aspiration to inspire those who are now in similar situations, but also to wage a campaign to prevent the occurrence in the lives of impressionable young ladies, especially those with whom she has very close ties. She articulated concerns of what might be related to generational trends among daughters, mothers and grandmothers, regarding this issue.
Frequently viewed television shows capitalize and magnify unfortunate life situations of young mothers, to increase ratings, popularity and financial gain, by using sensationalism to lure participants and viewers. There are those who are willing, for whatever reason, to broadcast the intimacies of their lives for motives that many cannot comprehend. The attitudes and exposure of those involved on these shows, shed a light on how disengaged viewers find amusement in such predicaments, whether episodes are staged, or genuine. Regardless of the intricacies surrounding the production of these shows on and off screen, the plight of those engaged in unhealthy relationships has become a problem of epidemic proportion, in real life. In the interim, by the mere fact people consent to be a part of this venture, emphasizes a sense of so many drowning in the sea of despair, looking for love in all the wrong places.
We live in a fast pace society. We barely have time to attend to our own affairs not to mention, time to take on someone else’s concerns. It appears easy to make judgments about the lives and indiscretions of others with no time, or even inclination to get involved. It takes a deliberate, personal conviction and commitment to encourage those struggling with this and other dilemmas. Does the lack of time, an absence of interest, or condemnation, keep us from reaching out to make a genuine difference? What happens when previous efforts by those concerned are abated, when disregarded by the recipient? Answers to these questions do not present plausible rationale to excuse ourselves from involvement when we are admonished in Galatians 6:1-2 (KJV), Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness, considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
We all struggle with one problem or another in our lives. How have we dealt with deficits that have proven to stifle our own spiritual and emotional growth? Seasoned warriors, who continue on the battlefield for the Lord, where the enemy constantly wages wars, are often hard pressed to derive at viable solutions. So, how does a young person stand against the magnetism of our culture, media, influences of family, friends and society without proper support and guidance, to help them conquer these issues?
It sometime appears easier to focus on the problem rather than the solution. Is the key to resolving this issue so convoluted that we are not willing to be persistent in unraveling the web of confusion, to arrive at a plausible answer? Banners need not be raised and whistles blown for the work of the Lord to go forth. A strong level of compassion coupled with a helping hand can be very effective in executing change. The world views certain deviant behavior as the norm. Does this mean Christians cannot be a powerful force in transformation? Like any other concern in society, there is an answer. The answer is not how we arrive at new innovative theories to resolve the issue. The solution is always the same, Jesus. So if the answer is so obvious, why does the problem still exist and continues to become even more rampant?
As Saul was traveling down the Damascus road the Lord sent Ananias to greet him. Following God’s instructions, Ananias delivered a message that would open up a new world to Saul. His life was changed, completely rearranged and would never be the same. Saul said, And when I could not see for the glory of that light, being led by the hand of those that were with me, I came into Damascus. And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good report of all the Jews which dwelt there, Came unto me, and stood, and said unto me, Brother Saul, receive thy sight. And the same hour I looked up upon him, Acts 22:11-13 (KJV).
There are many impressionable young ladies and men today waiting for someone to care. When they look up, who will they see besides the two women that I encountered just a few days apart? As the conversation with the first lady mentioned drew to an end, she walked toward the door with a pensive look and a pungent question that is very relevant to the solution. She asked, “What would this world be like if each Christian reached out to someone who is hurting?” The question implies, it does not take a committee of highly educated professionals, a taskforce of community leaders, or an entire congregation meeting for weeks, months, or years to develop a viable plan. Each person acting as a committee of one, heeding the voice of Jesus can make a tremendous impact.
The young lady paused for a minute and concluded the conversation by answering her own question, “It would make a great difference if each of us touched the life of just one person.” As she moved closer to the door, she stopped for a few seconds before exiting; she hesitated as she slowly lifted her index finger and said very softly and passionately, “Just one.” I am not sure she could even fathom the profound effect of those two words that she uttered. Saul was ministered to by Ananias who invited him to, “Receive thy sight.” Acts 22:14-15(KJV), And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth. For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard. God has chosen you and me to extend a hand to some young lady and young man who is blind and cannot see the light of Jesus. Someone is waiting to receive their sight by being introduced to that “Just One.”