Dear Unborn Children,
It is my plan that while you are growing up under our care you will have a comfortable life that is full of wonderful experiences and opportunities. We wish to provide you with a lifestyle that is free from personal suffering and hardships. That being said, under no circumstances will you be allowed to grow up with a sense of entitlement. While you may not experience suffering and hardship in your own lives, you will be fully immersed in a world where these things are prevalent and problematic. We will never hide the cruelty and imperfections of the world from you. We will never paint the picture that a person can be anything they want to be. Your father and I just don’t believe it’s true.
There are people in this world whose lives are rocked by their circumstance that they will never be more than what they are. They will always be oppressed, brutalized and unprotected. They will never know what it’s like to have someone love and care for them. They can’t be world leaders, make contributions to society, rich or famous. They can’t because for some, they’ll never rise above their circumstances. If “everyone” did…there would be no suffering in this world. Because of this, you will be raised to understand and have compassion for those less fortunate than yourselves. You will be raised to understand how fortunate you are. You will be raised to believe that you personally have no excuse not to be someone great because you are not bound by circumstance. You will be raised to treat ALL people with dignity. You will be raised to respect ALL human life. And you will be raised to know that “I can’t” will never apply to you, simply because you may never know what it’s like to have circumstance prevent you from doing anything. Sounds contradictory I know, but you’ll figure it out.
Last night I watch a documentary called Redlight (see links below) which focused on human trafficking in different parts of Southeast Asia. Innocent children, boys and girls, where kidnapped from their homes and sold into sex slavery. Even worse, were the children whose own parents, because of desperate financial situations or just shear coldheartedness sold their own children to brothels. Many of these children were beaten, starved, infected with HIV/AIDS and had no medical care. All of these children were psychologically damaged and many of them will never be able to move past the horrors they have already faced. The local government of many of these Southeast Asian cities is corrupt. Even officers of the law were known to regularly engage in raping young boys and girls. American men were known to come to this part of the world seeking out sex with children. Laws are hardly ever enforced that would serve to protect these children.
I tell you all of this because I want you to understand one thing very clearly. YOU ARE SO BLESSED. You are blessed because you will know that you have parents who love you and are willing to sacrifice more for you than you could ever imagine. Many of these children in the Redlight Districts never knew and will never know that type of love. You are blessed because you live in a country, although it is not perfect, that will protect you from child predators and even offer you counseling and aid to help you deal with the emotional scars. Many of these children are doomed to live the rest of their lives being used for sex and no one will care for their mental status. You are blessed because you may never know what it’s like not to have a square meal in your bellies. You may never know what it is like to be tortured. These children know this torment everyday.
It is our intention that while you may never have to personally face such terrors, you will understand that they exist. You will know that as the future generation, it is your responsibility to aid those who cannot aid themselves. I can promise you, you will volunteer your time feeding the homeless, helping out in battered women’s shelters, and working with the intellectually disabled. As a family we will do summer projects as a family that look to help people in need. We will prepare and send care packages to our troops overseas to show our appreciation for their sacrifice. You will be constantly reminded that you can, should and will help where you can. You will always remember that it could have been you that was homeless, hungry, tortured, abused, misused and tossed aside.
I’m going to warn you know children that while your father and I will do our best to provide you with a comfortable lifestyle, you will not get many of the things you want without hard work and dedication. You will not have a sense of entitlement to even the most basic needs in this life. You will understand that there are people who don’t have clean running water, who don’t have beds to sleep in, central air conditioning or even a local market. You will understand that there are those who have no choice, but to live off of the land, while you can go to the grocers to get the things you need. You will understand that someone somewhere had to work hard and possibly in harsh conditions to provide you with the things you require each day. You will understand that Christmas does not come for every child.
Even though you will not (I guarantee you this) have everything you “want” in this life, you will still recognize that everything you have is because of God’s grace alone. You will know that your life could have been and at any change in the stock market still could be much worse. Your father and I will teach you that all blessings come from God and that in everything he deserves your praise. Do us a favor while you sit in heaven patiently waiting to be conceived…tell God that we thank him for entrusting your lives into our hands and that we intend serve Him through by raising you to be humble servants of the Lord. I love you my unborn children. Get some rest up there in Heaven because your life on Earth will be very busy.
If you are interested in the documentary watch below: