I want to shield our precious children from hate and want in the world. I want to raise them in the utopian loving world I can imagine. Problem is, that world didn’t exist for me, and it doesn’t exist for them. It is never too early for children to become aware that some children go to bed hungry every night. And it’s never too early for children to discover that they can be change agents — that no one is too little, no act is too small, to improve the lot of another.
I really love these kids, and I really want them to discover their own power for good in the world. As Elder Bradley D. Foster said, “it’s never too early and it’s never too late.”
Looking for service ideas? See Serving as Jesus Served: Sharing Time project or family activity and Pint-Sized Service Projects , a free download of a chapter from the book Sunday Lessons and Activities for Kids, the book that was born on this blog! The “Chalk Service” idea in the November 2018 Friend magazine is particularly easy and fun. Nathan H., age 10, Arizona USA, suggested doing “nice sidewalk chalk messages at homes of people who needed encouragement.”
My mantra when my own children were growing up was this poem by Carol Lynn Pearson. I still think of it often:
"The Vow" How could I hide you From hate? I would Though my arms break with the trying. Life leans in At the window there With its bag Of dark treasures Trying for your eyes So utterly open So unaware. You will see Men smile over blood And you will know There is hate. You may see bombs And butcheries And you will know There is horror. Against all this What can I do? Only vow That before you Leave my arms You will know Past ever doubting That there is Love, too. (from Beginnings & Beyond, by Carol Lynn Pearson, 159)