Last night I attended an event for a most worthy cause. The Next Big Thing. It was the annual fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma.
It unveiled the next big thing. It was a ginormous wooden bow tie! With Tulsa’s skyline across it. And 100 similar wooden bow ties were given out to those in the audience that made a donation to bbbsok, the first one beginning at $10,000. There,were so many donations, they ran out of bowties. What a novel keepsake! Thank you Tulsa!
We’ll all have to be on the lookout for who’s sporting their’s around town.
It was a fun event. We had a fun table. But for some kids in Oklahoma, specifically our own hometown, Tulsa, life isn’t all that fun.
There may be no dad in the household. Or mom. There may be drugs or incarceration. There may not be three square meals on the table each day. There may be no stable roof over their heads. There may be no one home after school each day to help with homework, to support the importance of education. Love and mentoring may not be so evident. Whatever the challenges may be, life is just not what it should be for our youth.
Then in steps Big Brother Big Sister, an organization that has been around for over a 100 years. To help. To restore. To love. And to mentor. To offer experiences they otherwise may never witness. To offer guidance in making right choices. To supply resources they may never have.
It’s a great thing. And this year it was the next big thing.
Let’s all expand our vision. Let’s not have tunnel vision, only seeing our own wants and needs. Let’s look in our own backyard. Let’s do what we can to make a difference. To today’s youth. For they’ll soon be tomorrow’s leaders. With our help. Help be a part of the next big thing!
Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, by faith itself, if it is not accompanied by faith, is dead. James 2:15-17
Love and laughter,