Children are our greatest resource. They are the shining beacon on the hill in which we can pin our hopes, dreams and aspirations on. There is nothing more delightful in this world than a child’s laughter and a beautiful sparkling smile. Children deserve everything wonderful the sun and the moon can conjure up for them. Children deserve the best that we can give them.

Childhood is not a time for the have and have-nots. It is time for the ALL. Every child is important, be it a young girl in war torn Afghanistan or a little boy in Beverly Hills, California. Every child is our collective child. Every child breathes the same air, drinks from the water of the globe and is made in God’s creation. Every child on Earth is here because God wanted them to be here.

So why is it so hard to understand that we must help each and every one of them reach their God-given potential and a chance at a meaningful life? Here in the United States we are caught up in the pro-life/pro-choice debate that happens every four years at election time, but what about the children that are already here on the planet. Don’t they deserve a meaningful life?

Should it really matter what your address is on Planet Earth? Shouldn’t all children be treated like they are an important contribution to society? Shouldn’t they all be allowed a well-rounded education, food to eat, a place to be safe, and a beautiful life? Who gets to decide these questions? Easily we could say God, but in reality it isn’t God it is the politicians who lead their governments. If you have a great town supervisor you can have an education the world would envy. On the flipside you can wake up every morning in a third world country and work in a sweat shop making things for those wealthy American children. Who gets to decide the answers to that question? Is it God or it is us? Unfortunately for the children not lucky enough to be born in the right zip code I think it is us.

So why is there a disconnect when it comes to feeding hungry children, supplying clean water, and providing educational funding? We aren’t looking at those children as our children. We often here of the analogy of a butterfly flapping its wings and across the globe the wind is blowing but what about the analogy of a child starving in that same place on the globe and what that does to our souls over here? I can’t really answer these questions but just felt the need to ask them. Who decides what is important to any child and why? A more important question is who decides whether a child’s life is important or not? I think the answer is obvious, we all do.