So I’ve not posted anything in quite a while for various reasons but over the last couple of days I’ve felt compelled to write a post or two.
You probably won’t now this but I turn 30 in less than a month and I feel quite excited about it, I actually feel more comfortable in my skin with each passing year and I quite like the feeling of being a little wiser than I was the year before. Anyway, because of this milestone I began this year thinking about the things that I really want to achieve in life, not just material things but meaningful things. I’ve always been a goal setter but to be honest up until this year most of my goals have been about me; what job I want, what house I want, what car I want and so on, I’m not saying that there’s anything wrong with such goals, I still have them but I’ve felt a stir in my heart of late towards more meaningful goals.
I recently suffered the loss of someone incredibly dear to me and anyone who has experienced the death of someone close will know that it changes you, it causes you to evaluate your own mortality and the things in life that matter most. Suffice to say much of my thinking this year has been about defining my life’s purpose sowing towards a lasting legacy and not just material goals. In this vein I’ve been seeking projects to get involved with and one crossed my path recently…
A couple of days ago I was listening to the Premier Gospel show ‘what’s in yours’ and the guest was Beth Redman whilst discussing her life and work she mentioned a project she’s involved with called the A21 campaign a campaign that is working towards eliminating human trafficking in the 21st century, I was stunned by some of the facts. Did you know:
- Human trafficking is the second largest global organised crime today, generating approximately 31.6 billion USD each year. Specifically, trafficking for sexual exploitation generates 27.8 billion USD per year.
- There are 1.39 million victims of commercial sexual servitude worldwide.
- Over 25% of sex trafficked victims are trafficked from Southern and Eastern Europe.
- 90% of victims trafficked into the European Union member states will end up in the sex industry.
- Tragically, only 1-2% of victims are rescued, and only 1 in 100,000 Europeans involved in trafficking are convicted
These facts are startling and I’ve come to the realisation that we can all live in our comfortable bubbles closing our eyes to such things as though they don’t exist (as I have done) or we can each seek to contribute towards meaningful causes that are bigger than ourselves. It’s true that none of us can achieve much on our own towards eradicating the many evils that exist in our world but neither are we helpless, there are things that we can do, in fact if you’re interested in helping with the A21 campaign here are 21 very simple ways you can help, I believe each of us are capable of doing are part it simply boils down to how much we care.
I’ve been challenged this year to focus more on meaningful goals than material goals, I’m not saying I don’t have material goals because I do, but I’m learning a few valuable life lessons in this change process, and I’m a firm believer that when you experience something good in life it’s good to share, so I’m sharing :).