I had the best of plans to write a post to inspire everyone to get off the couch, out of the pews and make a difference to someone in this world. After all, it seems the entire world needs some help – there’s too much anger and hopelessness. But before I sat down I went to see a movie I had been waiting years to see – Same Kind of Different As Me – and it all changed. Instead of me inspiring you, the movie inspired me.
I’m not going to tell you about the movie, trusting you will read the book then see the movie. My take away is that everyone on this earth is the same, despite how we are seen or what we may have, we each have the same needs for kindness, appreciation, self-worth, encouragement, and especially love.
Now that I’ve been inspired by the movie, let me encourage you to find ways to make a difference in someone’s life. We were put on earth to make a contribution, not to eat, breathe, and take up space. God designed each of us to make a difference with our lives. Whether you think so or not, we each have a gift that can be used to help others. It may be through hospitality, through organization, through teaching, through writing, or a ride to the store. In future posts I’ll be introducing some ideas for you, but let me start with this one.
As you know, I believe in life and am not ashamed to say it. There’s been a lot of debate about when life begins and when life should end. Science is putting an end to that debate. This week the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released their 2018-2022 plan, which unequivocally states that life begins at conception and deserves protection.
The debate over the personhood of unborn children has been a central issue of the abortion debate. Ever since Roe v. Wade in 1973, pro-life advocates have been trying to establish constitutionally protected rights for the unborn. In the ruling’s majority opinion, Justice Harry Blackmun wrote that Roe v. Wade would collapse if “the fetus is a person.” In support of the HHS’s draft, author and bioethics expert Wesley J. Smith wrote, “life ‘beginning at conception’ … is a fact of basic biological science.”
The draft also includes a phrase that seems to be against assisted suicide. The phrase “conception to natural death” is in in the draft three times; “a core component of the HHS mission is our dedication to serve all Americans from conception to natural death.”
CareNet has an excellent 10-week online video course to explain the truth about abortion. It’s free and maybe, just maybe, it will awaken a desire in you to help someone in a crisis pregnancy situation.
Ephesians 2:10 “God has created us for a life of good deeds, which he has already prepared for us to do”