The world is a tough place for all right now

By Jeff Schumacher | Jun 08, 2012

I was watching 60 Minutes on Sunday, and the case of a 10-year-old boy who had shot his dad was shown. This poor child had been in a home full of hatred and violence since he was born, and he had simply had enough. He is the youngest individual in history to have committed such a violent crime.

Then, as that show ended, another show called "The Millionaire" premiered. Now, if you are like me, you will probably always give a show at least a chance to get you interested. So, I did. And, it actually did get me interested. This show gets a millionaire to set out and find disadvantaged people. He or she then searches for a charity that can help them. He or she then donates money to the cause(s) they find worthy.

This particular episode ended with the millionaire donating money to three organizations in Newark, NJ. Newark's violent crime rate is extremely high, and the amount of homeless people is amazing. So, he gave to these charities, and also to one select young man. He felt a connection to this young man and felt like if he could give him a little money, he could keep him going in the right direction. The boy responded with this simple answer. "I think he just saved my life."

What a powerful statement. And, one that all Americans need to begin to take heed to. Far too many of our morals are being attacked, and more and more of our youth are veering away from the correct path.

It's a tough world out there for all of us. Not only are families struggling to get by, but or youth are being asked to become better and brighter than we would have ever imagined. Gosh, my seventh grader's homework looks like stuff I used to study in college! Put on top of that all the peer pressure in today's society, and it's no wonder our youth are struggling.

But, it's never too late to begin the process of giving. In these hard times, giving money is not always an option. But, wisdom; love; hope; and encouragement are just as valuable as money. And, a lot of this starts at home. We need to be loving and involved in our children's lives. They will not only respond favorably to it, but they will pass along their values to others they come into contact with.

So, I ask you today. How involved are you with our youth? If you don't have children, do you have time to mentor a child or help an organization trying to reach these individuals?

Think hard about this. It's a very complex subject, but I can't think of anything more important in today's world. Our youth are the future. What are you going to do to ensure it is in good hands?