How would our world be different if there were truly justice and equality for every person? We can't snap our fingers and make that happen, although some have tried. Does that mean we are helpless? No way! Have you heard the story of the man walking along the beach where thousands of starfish were stranded. He starts picking them up one by one and throwing them into the water. His friend says, "Why are you doing that?"
"I'm saving their lives."
"But there are thousands! What difference can you make?"
Throwing another into the water, he says, "I can make a difference for that one."
What difference can I make? We are not all born with the same privileges, but we each have a circle of influence: family, friends, school and work colleagues. As we try to make this world more just, we may inspire those around us. When we throw a stone into the water, the ripples get wider and wider. If we begin to treat others as Jesus did, who knows how far our influence might reach. James 2:15-16 (NIV) says "Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, 'Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,' but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?"
Ask your teen...
Where do you see mistreatment of those around you?
Where do you see inequality?
Challenge your teen...
What actions can you take to stand up for those who are treated unequally?
Read the week's news from around the world and write or say a prayer for all the injustices you discover.
God of all, I am sorry for the ways I have mistreated other people. Forgive me. I know you are love and you live in me. Thank you for showing me your truth and for making me a new creation in Christ. Help me to love others as you have loved me. Amen.