There’s one critical question your children must learn.
As I write this blog, I’m on an airplane crowded with newspaper readers. I can hear the newspapers rustling even now. And what do those papers tell us? It’s a mosaic:
- Yemen protesters take to the streets demanding their president’s resignation;
- Iraqis are in the streets protesting corruption and poor government services;
- In Egypt, the crowds have not gone away still demanding the ouster of more top officials;
- In Libya, the protesters are still dying while politicians from around the world take sides;
- At home, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is making news as he seeks cuts in union power and potentially a presidential run based upon reform to entitlement programs.
Each of these stories are remarkable in themselves. They are more remarkable by their sheer number and they only begin to tell part of the story. What is going on in Britain, Ireland, and even Tripoli?
For most of my newspaper readers on this airplane, they turn the pages, complete their task and stuff it into that seatback pocket containing the barf bag. But few, it seems, stop to ponder the content.
And there is the critical question our children must learn. We must teach them to ask: what does it mean? In the Old Testament, God commanded the children of Israel to memorialize and celebrate the Passover. The youngest child was taught to ask the question: what does it mean?
Indeed, the shifting world forces tell us that major reform is at stake. Tiny Israel sits in the middle of all this change. Gas prices may well dictate the power or lack thereof of the United States. Change is needed. Will anyone hear the cry?
For this day and age, our children will be key players in the coming world scene. All will have the opportunity to be great givers—whether financially or with their talents and time—to these great needs and opportunities.
Unless, they learn to ask this great question of “what does it mean?” I’m afraid that their impact will be like the newspaper in the seatback pocket—useless.
William F. High is the President/General Counsel of the Servant Christian Community Foundation (www.servantchristian.com). Servant’s mission is to inspire, teach and facilitate revolutionary biblical generosity. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.