Humility – to lower view of one’s importance. Not believing you are superior to others.
There was a time in my life where I felt I was entitled to more. I grew up in a loving home with married parents, graduated high school, traveled to different parts of the world, and had a pretty good life. I thought that since I grew up with these luxuries that I would just be granted them from then on out. I would one day marry the man of my dreams, have our own children, and live the American dream.
I lived a life aware of poverty, slavery, racism, and sex trafficking but it was all too negative. I didn’t want to hear about it because it would make me feel bad for living the way I did. I started to make excuses for why people were homeless “they are just lazy and don’t want to work” or why there were prostitutes “Those women choose to live that life style” and the whole bigger picture “I am just one person, I can’t change anything so I might as well just make the best out of my own life”.
I was SO wrong.
See here’s the thing. When we were created, we were not labeled “homeless”, “Prostitute”, or “more valuable”, “worthy”. We were all created equal, with no label. When we were born we were all little babies, dependent on our mothers. We all had eyes, and noses. We were all equal.
At some point throughout life all of our stories change. We all experience different factors that turn us into the people we become. But because we may come out as one of the “lucky ones” does that mean we are more superior than others?
Let me give it to you straight.
In MN on any given night there are over 10,200 people who are homeless. Of that almost HALF are under the age of 21, of which more than 3,500 are children who are homeless with their parents. There are about 1,200 homeless youth on their own who are 21 or younger. (Information from: http://www.mnhomelesscoalition.org/assets/Homeless-2012-press-release-of-counts_3-13.pdf)
Homeless youth are approached for sex within 48 hours of becoming homeless. The Twin Cities are ranked as the 13th largest center for child prostitution in the country. Every month at least 213 girls are sold for sex, an average of 5 times per day. On any given weekend night 45 girls under age 18 are sold for sex through the internet. (information from: http://www.wfmn.org/mn-girls-are-not-for-sale/educate/get-the-facts/)
Feeling uncomfortable yet? The statistics go on, and on.
Because our stories turned out differently than others, does not mean we should turn our eyes from what is going on around us. Our own are suffering, and it is not getting better. Children are being sold by the hundreds each month for sex. That is not a choice. These are precious lives that need rescuing. It is time for us “lucky ones” to experience humility. We need to lower our view of ourselves and make our lives less important, and make those who are suffering more important.
If we were all to decide today to live in humility, imagine what that would do for those who are suffering. It is important to understand that one person CAN make a difference. By educating yourself you can educate others. If you share with 10 friends that every month 200 little girls are sold for sex right here in our own city, imagine those friends telling 10 friends, and those friends telling 10 friends.
Please know you CAN make a difference. Be thankful you were a “lucky one” and use that luckiness to help those who weren’t as lucky. Educate yourself, and educate others. Slavery is happening here, children and women are being forced to sell their precious bodies for sex. Help make it stop.
Live in humility. Help make other’s stories brighter. Become a voice for those who don’t have one.
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