Subjective concepts are hard for me. As I have said before I am kind of a black and white person, (Who’s favorite color is gray lol). Recently when talking about my upcoming missions trip, someone coldly said, “Who cares.” I shot them one of my “Seriously” looks. Which by the way, I learned from a dear friend Kendall on my first trip to Africa. His looks something like this:
However, it kind of got me thinking. Not everyone cares about helping others. Not everyone cares about starving kids in Africa, or America for that matter. Not everyone cares about cancer. Not everyone cares about cute little kids riding fake horses.
Ok that was just a shameless attempt to show you the cutest little boy, at Round-Up Sunday at my church last week. That is not however the point of this. The point is not everyone cares, and in some ways I wish more of them were like my friend, who’s blunt words still sit heavy in my heart from that day. Because in all honesty I’d much rather have someone tell me they don’t care, than that they do, and wear the t-shirt, or post a Facebook status about it, and not care enough to do something about it. Caring is something that is subjective. How much you care compared to how much someone else cares is all based on perception. I like things that can be measured quantitatively and lets be honest; caring is qualitative.
I doubt there are many people out there, who would honestly tell you they don’t care, especially about hot button issues. Recently the most common status on Facebook seems to be about how people “Don’t care about politics” which, no matter which side of the issue you are on is at the very least refreshingly honest. I recently listened to an interview where they polled people on the streets about the Presidential Candidates, and the responses were ridiculous.
Q: “Do you think Obama picked Ryan because he is African American or qualified?”
Obama Supporter: “Oh definitely his qualifications, the fact that he is black has nothing to do with it.”
I’m pretty sure even Obama would rather that guy not care about his cause.
This is all to say; I do care about kids, in Africa. Especially one rather gregarious one named Julius.
I care enough to do something about it. I care enough to raise money or support, to bring food and aid. I also care about cancer, but beyond wearing pink in October I am not sure I do enough. I need to more about the things I care about. I need to SHOW my care rather than speak my care.
What do you care about? How do you care enough to do something about it?