Raising Hope: How We Are Changing the World

“I don’t want to play with her anymore!”

“Bubba,” I calmly corrected, “It’s not nice to tell your sister that she can’t play with you. Can you please scoot over and let her play on the other side with her toys too?”

Tears streamed down my daughter’s face as her brother’s words sunk into her heart.

“Bubby!” she shouted in protest. “I want to play too, Bubby!”

“No! I want to play alone!”

My daughter continued to cry. My son refused to change his position. And I sat overwhelmed at what felt like an impossible situation to fix.

Impossible situation.

There seem to be so many of them.

The health crisis surrounding the Ebola outbreak.

The wars in the Middle East.

The unspeakable truths surrounding the terror that is ISIS.

And our own domestic turmoil here at home.

And I wonder to myself, “How am I supposed to stop wars overseas when I cannot stop the battles in my living room?”

There are moments when it feels like the most I can do is try to keep the peace in the four walls of my home. When the ordinary tasks of filling colorful cups and Disney character plates with apple juice and cheese sandwiches feel like trying work. When changing diapers, washing sticky faces, and cleaning up Legos all seem like more than I can handle.

How am I ever supposed to change the world on top of that?

How am I supposed to do more when it feels like taking care of my family requires all of me?

I called my son over to me and got down on his level. “Sweetheart, look at your sister. Do you see her tears? What do you think is the right thing to do?”

He stopped for a moment, and then, I watched as my son walked back over to his sister and agreed to let her play.

And in that simple moment of kindness, I realized that I am changing the world. I am raising hope.

I am teaching compassion. I am teaching love. I am teaching my children to look for those who are hurting, lost and broken. I am teaching them to be those who will go and reach out when the world needs hands and feet.

Friend, I know that there are moments when you need to be reminded that the work that you do is important. So, let me be the one to say, in a world of impossible situations, what you are doing matters. The work that is done in your four walls is important. Together, we are raising hope for the next generation as we show our children how to stand for what is good.

Tomorrow’s future is being shaped at our kitchen tables and in our living rooms. And while we may not be able to change today’s impossible situations…

We can find hope in knowing that we are equipping those who will face tomorrow’s.


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  • June says:

    This is so true, Becky. The only way to change the world is by impacting one life at a time. As long as your daughter’s tears matter to your son there will be hope in the world. Catlyn over at The Fabules Wife shared your inspiring blog, so I’ve popped in from over there – I’m glad I did :) Have a blessed week.

  • Lucill says:

    Thank you so much. Those were encouraging words I needed to hear tonight. :)

  • Lauren says:

    As a mama of two young boys who has been overwhelmed with sorrow over international horror (and a little guilt, why do we have it so “good”?) this rings so true! New to your blog – you are such a poignant writer! -LK

  • Leah Wade says:

    I love you!!! =)Each and every one of your blogs warms my heart and I just want you to know that YOU make a difference mamma! <3
    Listen to 'Do Everything' by Steven Curtis Chapman

  • Jen says:

    Hello! One of our bloggers at The Loft (a Christian bloggers’ link-up) mentioned your blog, so I thought I would stop by for a visit. As a mama of four, I greatly appreciate the words you shared above, and I’ll be sharing this with others, too!
    Jen :)

  • Heather says:

    Amazing. I really needed this tonight! You are so great!

  • annie dill says:

    Congratulations on your sweet new baby boy. Surely this has been a time of great joy and concern. He looks precious and I am so glad he can come home very soon. Thank you for your wonderful blog. It hasn’t come.to my email the past month so I wound up on your Facebook page and found you had New Baby.

  • annie dill says:

    Thank you for the box I can check to get your posts via email again:)

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