In my doctoral program I studied U.S. Health Policy and the concept of unintended consequences. Whether in government or life, we can’t anticipate every possible issue that will arise with a change. Some things are minor and easily solved; others are major derailments that may stop a plan entirely. In some cases the unintended consequences have the opposite effect in polarizing everyone against a government initiative.
As I see God’s children maligned, persecuted or in any way mistreated, rather than convince me to join in the ridicule, I find myself trying to help.
How do I react when I hear of the plight of immigrants from Central America? I taught ESL last Summer at Conexión Américas, and donated money to an organization that does medical work in Central America.
How do I react when people are killed in two mosques in New Zealand? I reach out to my local library to learn more on people and their religions hoping to start a dialogue with a stranger.
How do I react when I hear of underprivileged children not having an opportunity to get an education? I give money to elementary schools and my university alma mater to fund scholarships.
The more God’s people are persecuted and denied dignity, the harder I will love them.
Unintended consequences? Not really. Just part of God’s plan to open my eyes to where my time, talents and treasures truly belong.
Blessings, my friend,