Learn More, Do More
I know enough to help, you know.
I’ve always had the feeling that I know enough to “get it” (justice) but not talk about it. I mean, I know enough to make simple changes in my life, realize that this is a problem that I am concerned about, but I am in no way knowledgeable enough to share or lead a conversation on the topic because there’s so much that I don’t know. There will always be people who are more learned, passionate, eloquent, etc. than me. Who am I to talk on this, to enlighten people? Who am I to take charge and lead a group to take action on justice? I’m so little.
But I’ve always wanted to do something.
I’m excited to hear other’s thoughts on what they are doing to fight poverty and injustice. I love learning more about what’s going on and what we’re doing to take action. So why am I taking the back seat?
And then I realized –
If you’re passionate about it, you know enough. You know enough to help others know, build excitement, and steer people towards more. Know enough to build a foundation and help others take a stand for what they believe. Know enough to encourage and support others as they venture through the problems of this world and grapple with their role of bringing good into a situation.
Because the more I learn, the more I realize there aren’t always answers to memorize because there aren’t quick fixes to every problem. Not everything is black and white. And this is why we need the WORLD to come together to make change. Although there is one way of bringing justice and peace (and that way is LOVE), there isn’t just one formula for this solution. So face it:
You are needed.
Good. Now you know you’re incredibly valuable, keep learning. Keep challenging. Keep innovating. Start with what you have; work with what you know. With everyone contributing in their own unique way, positive change is inevitable.
This is our time. Our world to shape, our future to create. We are a movement committed to making our lives count.We will not be silent as poverty plagues our planet. We believe in life in all its fullness. We see beauty even in brokenness. Our love has no bounds. Within us are untapped dreams that could change everything. We resist the status quo wherever it suffocates the human spirit. We will take risks, make mistakes, and dare greatly, knowing that a better world is possible. We speak hope. We instigate change. We are rising up as one voice with many expressions.
Watch us lead.
Think of a time when you had to do something that was beyond your ability and strength. What did you do to get help? For many of us, our first reaction would probably be to seek help from another. Helping one another is an indispensable component of a healthy relationship, family, and community. At the core of social justice activism is the hope to create a just society where each citizen and community plays its part to help one another. Therefore, in our journey to do good and justice in this world, it is vital that we don’t go alone, but together. It’s just better to go together.
There are three reasons that journeying together on a team is better. First, each individual brings with them unique abilities, talents, and resources, that when mixed with what the others bring, can create amazing solutions and results in and through the team. Often, you discover who you are and what you are to do in your relationship to others, for the most meaningful life is tied to being in relationship with and helping others.
Second, a team is place where you can give and receive help. A famous proverb says, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.” Discouragement, pain, and failures will often look to overwhelm us in the work of social justice activism, therefore having teammates who can encourage and help one another up is vital to keep persevering.
And finally, it is with a team that the impact for what you are fighting for can be multiplied and turned into a movement. We, at World Vision Youth Canada, believe in the power of youth activist journeying together as team. From coast to coast, we are witnessing teams of youth rallying their communities to believe in a better future for the world’s most vulnerable children. Through the 30 Hour Famine, we are seeing teams of youth using their abilities, talents, and resources to raise awareness about global hunger and child protection, to raise funds to help communities with insecure food supplies, and to build up one another. With the commitment to encourage and help one another, these youth teams are demonstrating that it is possible to make a difference. Although, one team’s action may seem small, added up they are fueling a movement that is impacting lives and brining people together. Margaret Meed was right in her observation: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”