Life. How often do we stop and think about the fragility of it? One moment everything’s clicking on all cylinders and the next something tragic is happening. I have already seen it a bunch in my short 33 years and I’m only guaranteed to see it more. Some of those tragedies cannot be prevented or predicted. But others can. Two movements that I’ve had the privilege to be a part of are all about preventing the loss of life. And they both involve people walking for awareness.
–Relay for Life. The American Cancer Society puts on these events throughout the country to raise money and awareness about cancer. It’s a tremendous cause. So many of us have been touched by this beast, either personally or through the life of a loved one. In the past, I have been apart only by helping provide musical entertainment at these events. This year, however, I had the privilege to be apart of the fundraising team where I work. It’s when you get involved on this level that you hear the stories and see the emotion of those affected. That’s when it becomes more then just an event or a fundraiser. It has meaning. If you’ve never taken the time to be a part of one of these incredible events, you should do so.
–Walk for Water. One of the most dire crises in our world today involves a very basic resource we take for granted every day. Water. Millions of people worldwide do not have access to clean water. Yet, we waste so much of it here in the US because we simply are too preoccupied to care. This is where organizations like Water Missions International are working to change people’s perspectives. In March, over 2,500 people emerged upon Charleston, SC, to participate in a 3.5 mile walk across the city. The kicker is this. They carried buckets of water, dirty water at that, just like the women and children do in so many parts of the world every single day. At the end of the walk, each walker poured their bucket of dirty water into a filtration system provided by WMI to demonstrate the life giving effect these systems have an the average village stricken with a clean water problem. It’s a thing of beauty! I wish I had known about it before so I could have been a part. But the good news is there are two in September…one in Chicago, IL, and the other in Holland, MI! I’d encourage you to get involved somehow, whether that’s to take the trip and walk or volunteer, or simple donate online.
Life. It’s a beautiful thing. It’s our most precious resource. And it’s given by a wonderful Creator as a gift for us to take care of and enjoy. These two organizations are doing just that.