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Missing Morals: Be The Change You Wish To See In The World

Missing Morals: Be The Change You Wish To See In The World

December 22, 2012

By Jessica Root

Intern Reporter for the Tribune

News of the devastating events from December 14 spread across the nation and the whole world like a wildfire. We feel pain, anger, confusion and heartache.

We see the posts on Facebook.

We watch the news stories and we listen to the radio hosts’ chat.

We recognize the cries for change.

How do you begin to write about something so incredibly bigger than yourself?

Be the change you wish to see in the world.

Cliché, inspirational quotes are fascinating; my brain is practically an endless database of them. Gandhi’s quote echoes in the background of the cries for change across the nation

Ironically, I outlined this entire article in my head when I was beckoned conscious by God at 3 o’clock in the morning, but I didn’t get out of my warm, cozy bed to put my thoughts on paper.

Again, how do you begin to write about something so incredibly bigger than yourself and how do you take an idea of change from talk to action? You just do it (that one is courtesy of Nike).

When a defining moment comes along, you define the moment or the moment defines you (90s movies fans, that’s “Tin Cup”); this is a defining moment. Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor and GOP presidential candidate, said it best on Fox News the Monday following the Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting.

The video of his four-minute speech is circulating Facebook newsfeeds and is plastered all over the Internet.

Huckabee has the right idea.

“For 50 years we’ve systematically attempted to have God removed from our schools, our public activities, but then at the moment of calamity we wonder where He was…

We’ve escorted Him right out of our culture and we’ve marched Him off the public square. And then we express our surprise that a culture without Him actually expresses what it’s become…” Huckabee said.

“Somebody’s going to suggest that we pass a law to stop this kind of thing. I might want to point out that we don’t have to pass a new law. There’s one that’s been around for quite a while that works if we’d teach it and observe it: thou shall not kill. There are about nine others, but to tell you about them would require bringing God back, and we know how unacceptable that might be.”

My fellow Lee's Summit citizen, my family member, my friend, my teacher, who ever you are, consider this: what if we all looked inside of ourselves for the morals and values that we've buried beneath the entities of this world?

The morals and values are inside each and every one of you.

We're all God's children; He never wanted the world to be like this.

The hate, the war, the crime... The loneliness.

We are NEVER truly alone, but we often forget that. Every problem we have as humans is a worldly problem, a worldly problem we attempt to solve by worldly mechanisms that create other worldly problems.

There’s a pattern… It’s time we break free.

God wants to hold our weak hands and guide us to a better tomorrow, but our faith in Him is lacking now more than ever.

Blame it on the separation of church and state, blame it on technology or blame it on anything you want. The root of every single problem in this world is the lack of God’s presence.

Many of you claim to be Christians.

You ask God “Why me?” when things don't go your way and you glance His way when they do.

As Christians, we're not supposed to be shying away from enjoying and spreading the awesome love we receive from The Lord, who is bigger than all of us.

The problems of this world and our Heavenly Father are both bigger than all of us.

It really is that simple: God will solve the problems if we just put our faith in Him. This is not going to happen in a day, a week or even a year.

It'll happen in time if we all get on board together, for the Glory of our God.

A new year always brings a symbolic new start in lieu of everything else. Maybe you want to cut out sweets. Maybe you want to give that controlling habit a slap in the face.

Maybe you want to exercise more. Maybe you want to take a giant leap of faith... The decision is yours.

I asked my mother, father and my two not-so-little-anymore brothers to stand behind me on this mission.

The challenge has been accepted in our family to start the trend and set the example.

I challenge you to do the same with your family, friends and loved ones.

We can't do this alone, but we can do it together. I’m here every week to guide you.

My family and I agreed to cut back on the use of electronics (video games, cell phones, Facebook, iPads, tablets, TV, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) and spend more time together as a family.

Loss of family time is the direct cause for the loss of morals and values.

Make real memories instead of forging them with pictures on Facebook and Instagram.

Invite your friends and family over to enjoy a meal together rather than trying to connect with them through text messages.

Play a ballgame or board game with your video gamer pals.

Put the electronics away and enjoy the company of the people in your lives. Life’s too short; don’t let it pass you by.

Everything is good in moderation, so by no means should you live like a caveman.

Many of man’s advancements are wonderful and helpful, in moderation.

Re-discover what truly matters by hanging up the phone, signing out of Facebook and turning off the TV.

It starts out small, but if we all do something small, how big would the impact be?

Shortly after my brothers agreed to support my mission, my youngest brother announced that he had deleted his Instagram.

My writing is much more poignant than my speech, but something I said at dinner spoke to Jeremy.

God was there, is He with you right now?

Let's be the change we wish to see in the world. I challenge you, Lee’s Summit.

Jessica Root is a senior at Lee's Summit North High School and can be reached at

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  1. stacie greening says:
    December 24th, 2012 at 05:49
    Wow Jessica! Your words are beyond amazing and beyond your years. I am truly amazed at how you have analyzed and synthesized the situation. Things are simple- like you said. It is not that complicated to see what has happened or what did happen. Our country is a great place, but with all of our freedoms, there is so much out there to entice and pull us away from God. You have to be a strong person to say "No" to it all. Our country needs a Gandhi. You are a great writer. I am excited to read what you write.

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