Causes about which you are most passionate

United States
September 16, 2009 10:53pm CST
Hello all. If you had to choose one, and only one cause about which you are most passionate, what would it be? For me, the answer is easy. Anything to do with child welfare, I am passionate about. No child should be hungry, homeless, without medical care, and no child should be neglected, abused, or harmed! Share you own biggest passion, please. Karen
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• Australia
17 Sep 09
I would have to say child abuse. As one who suffered all four types of abuse, mainly mental/emotional abuse, for the first 22 years of my life, I have a burden for children and for adults who were abused as children and still suffering because of it. I have worked (voluntary work) in children's ministry for more than 40 years and in that time I have seen so many children abused to a greater or lesser degree. I literally shudder when I hear parents belittling their children or "putting them down" and wonder what the future holds for them. When I think about statistics which say that 1 in 4 children will be sexually abused before they reach 18 years old I wonder how much lower society can sink. I'd like to share an anonymous poem that I think you might like - THE CALLING I am called to minister to the largest mission field in the world. I am called to minister to children. My calling is sure, my challenge is big, my vision is clear, my desire is strong, my influence is eternal, my impact is critical, my values are solid, my faith is tough, my mission is urgent, my purpose is unmistakable, my direction is forward, my heart is genuine, my strength is supernatural, my reward is promised and my God is real. In a world of cynicism, I offer hope. In a world of confusion, I offer truth. In a world of immorality, I offer values. In a world of neglect, I offer safety. In a world of ridicule, I offer affirmation. In a world of bitterness, I offer forgiveness. In a world of sin, I offer salvation. In a world of hate, I offer God’s love. I refuse to be dismayed, disengaged, disgruntled, discouraged or distracted. I will not look back, stand back, fall back or sit back. I do not need applause, flattery, adulation, prestige, stature or veneration. I do not have time for business as usual, mediocre standards, small thinking, outdated methods, normal expectations, average results, ordinary ideas, petty disputes or low vision. I will not give up, bail out, lie down, turn over, quit or surrender. I will pray when things look bad. I will pray when things are good. I will move forward when others stand still. I will trust God when obstacles arise. I will work when the task is overwhelming. I will get up when I fall down. My calling is to reach boys and girls for God. This is too serious to be taken lightly, too urgent to be postponed, too vital to be ignored, too relevant to be overlooked, too significant to be trivialised, too eternal to be fleeting and too passionate to be quenched. I know my mission and my challenge. I know my limitations and my weaknesses. I know my fears and my problems. And I know my God. Let others get the praise. Let the Church get the blessing. Let God get the glory. I am called to minister to children. This is who I am. This is what I do.
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• United States
18 Sep 09
Hello Cloud. I feel for you deeply. Child abuse effects so many families and is a great devastation. The poem is moving, and brings tears to the eyes. If only we could eradicate child abuse, in all forms, completely. Do take care, and thank you for sharing such personal courage. Hugs, Karen
• Australia
18 Sep 09
Thanks Karen. My abuse was many years ago. It did affect me very greatly, personality wise, for many years, but I can now be truly thankful for everything that happened to me. It helped make me what I am today.
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• United States
18 Sep 09
Bless you for not having let another "ruin" your life. I have those close to me who've taken the same stance as yours, and I admire them, too. Karen
@yugasini (12836)
• Anantapur, India
18 Sep 09
hi karen madam, I too also interest to do some thing to child welfare,there are lot children with mall nutrition in Africa,but up to what extent the mighty International organizations are doing favor to them,instead of pouring funds to the unwanted things,if they divert these funds to the child care?who will hear our words,have a nice day
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• United States
18 Sep 09
Hi Yugasini. I also feel so sad over all the hungry children in the world. I do believe each one of us can make at least some small change to help that, and when united, those differences add up to large and positive changes. Thank you for your opinions. Karen
@yugasini (12836)
• Anantapur, India
19 Sep 09
hi karen madam, thanks for the response/comment,i too like to spend some thing to children,i like kids very much,if you are collecting some funds to poor i will send a one bucks through paypal let me know,have a nice day
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• United States
29 Sep 09
Thank you for suggesting that. You have a kind and generous heart, my friend.
@dpk262006 (56730)
• Delhi, India
17 Sep 09
Hi Karen! It is indeed great to know that you have such a noble thoughts and passions about welfare of children. You are very right that no child should remain hungry, homeless or without medical care. I also like to help children and I feel that if I could teach them (free of cost) as much as I can, so that they could become good citizens in life, when they grow up. Good education is one of the most important aspect of building a character. Deepak
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• United States
17 Sep 09
Hello Deepak :) You are so right that education is an important start in any child's life. It offers opportunities that would otherwise be lost. I've yet to know a child who was not naturally curious about life and eager to learn. We should encourage this however we can Karen
@dpk262006 (56730)
• Delhi, India
17 Sep 09
We must do our best to impart and disseminate education to children, to the best of our ability.
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• United States
18 Sep 09
So true, my friend.
@kitty42 (3924)
• United States
27 Sep 09
Hello my friend I agree, anything that has to do with children I am on board our kids are our future we have to take care of them, if not then where will we be when the future rolls around and its run by knuckleheads Thanks my friend.
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• United States
29 Sep 09
Perish the thought! We know what "knuckleheads" can do to a good country, don't we? I agree, our kids are our future and now, in their youngest years, is the time to encourage them to take the right paths and make wise decisions. Have a blessed day, my friend. Karen
• United States
17 Sep 09
I am very passionate about the youth and their education. I feel it starts with them, and alot of our youth is lost in the media as how the world should be instead of whats logical. Have you herd the saying the youth is more wiser but weaker. I guess I have a old fashion spirit and would like to see the morals of yesterday instill in the youth today. Family morals ethics and values should be reinstilled, most families are broken up, single parents, and I just feel for the youth its like they ended before they started
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• United States
18 Sep 09
Hi Acoustic. I agree, our youth all need a good education. It offers them a much better start in the work world of adults and enriches their lives in untold ways. Morals? Oh yes, I would love to see those make a larger "come-back." Lack of them leads to some devastating consequences. Thank you for sharing your insights. Karen
@malamar (784)
• Canada
17 Sep 09
I am torn between domestic violence and poverty, both situations break my heart and make me fiercely angry at the same time. Both issues can lead to bigger problems and seem to perpetuate from generation to generation. These cycles must be broken to effectively address and end these terrible circumstances. I donate as much as possible to the food bank, and local charities, and I have also taught remedial reading to children who struggle to keep up at school. I am very big on lending a helping hand in my own community first and foremost. While I understand others have different views of giving/charity, etc., I believe charity should start at home. Live a honorable life in your own home and reach out a helping hand to friends, neighbours and strangers in your own community. There is power and hope in numbers and we should all do our part. We may not be able to save the world, but we are certainly all capable of making a small change for the better at home.
• United States
18 Sep 09
Hello Malamar. You make such perfect sense. I agree that "charity begins at home." And even though we are each one individual, we can make a difference for the better in some way...always. I admire your passion to help others. It sets such a wonderful example. Thank you for your response. Karen
@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
17 Sep 09
i'M W/U . Karen. anything to do with a child being mistreated i'm all for the people to get the maximun punishment. I wish they would hang all child molestores or worse, castration is what they need.
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• United States
18 Sep 09
Hello Jo. I am so passionate about this, and yes, the punishment should be the maximum! Children are so innocent and so vulnerable. They have a right to a childhood safe from abuse! Thank you for responding. Karen
@savypat (20245)
• United States
17 Sep 09
Living Green, this is what I care the most about. It's something I can do and if I can pass it on get others to also do it. If we don't take care of the earth nothing else we do will matter to the human race.
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• United States
17 Sep 09
Hello Pat. I notice more all the time how many people are "going green," and I am happy to see it. The earth is precious. Thank you for responding. Karen
@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
17 Sep 09
hi karen, seems we have the same weak spot, and that is - children. i always feel so sad whenever i see children in the street begging for alms or children sick and neglected. i get angry knowing of children being abused and forced to do labor instead of going to school and playing with the other children. i really hope the world to change for the better. ann
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• United States
17 Sep 09
Hello Ann. This is also my abiding sadness and passion, that we prevent as many children as possible from suffering. While it seems a daunting task, each and every person helping will make a difference. As Mother Teresa said: if you cannot feed a hundred children, feed one. Thank you for sharing this passion. Karen