Wednesday, January 16, 2013

TwoGirlsandaPuppy and 20 Hours...

For those who missed this little flash facebook news story, allow me to recap.  Yesterday (about 20 hours ago according to the page I am looking at right now,) two little girls created a facebook page and put a picture of themselves and their three little brothers on it, holding a sign.  The sign read “Hi world.  We want a puppy! Our dad said we could get one if we get 1 million likes! So LIKE this! He doesn’t think we can do it!”  As of right now, 20 hours later, this photo has 1,249,589 likes.  In 20 hours.  That’s a lot of people.  In not a lot of time.  That, my friends, is social media.  

Personally, I think the family should look for a GoldenNewf to rescue, don't you?

Now why was this so popular?  Probably because it contained cute kids, no political statements, and the fact that this family had a dog who died of cancer not too long ago. The fact that there was no foul language in sight helped too, I’d say.  People liked it, and they shared it.  I liked it and shared it - and I rarely do that.  So now five little kids are getting a puppy.  Yay for them!  I think it’s great.  It makes me smile. 

Lets look at this.  Not only did over one million people all over the world see this picture, they also acted.  Granted, it was a small act, but it was an act.  How many more ignored it? It doesn’t matter, because over one million people DID act.  

I would like to ask you to do something very small.  It costs no money.  It only takes 5 minutes. You don’t even need an internet connection. You can do it where you are sitting, or while you are driving, or while you are sitting on hold.  You can do it while you wait for your latte.  You have five minutes, I know you do.  What is it I want you to do?  Pray one decade of the rosary.  Just one.  Who doesn’t have five minutes to do that?  Pray one decade of the rosary a day, for the conversion of hearts to Christ the King.  

If you do that, and you get four other people to do it, that’s five decades of the rosary that weren’t being prayed before.  And if this goes viral...who knows?  

We can’t change the world through legislation.  We can only change it by changing hearts and minds.  Yes, it is helpful when the state agrees when something is right or wrong, but in the end it is only by the people believing it that there is any effect. 

One depressing thing about social media is that you see first hand that the saying “for those who believe, no proof is necessary and for those who do not, none is sufficient.” People hear and see and believe what they want to.  Yes, we must put the truth out there, but it is only by God’s grace that people will listen.  It is only by His grace that we listen.  So, we must pray for that grace, not only for ourselves, but for our family, neighbors, friends, coworkers, and that nut on youtube who seems to have no idea what logic really is.  Because calling names does nothing, and arguing does little.  Without grace, it's just water off a rock. 

I will encourage you to pray a full five decades of the rosary a day, with your families.  But maybe you aren’t ready for that - just as I’m not ready to pray a full 15 decades, even though I know that doesn’t take much longer.  So lets start with one decade, every day.  And let’s see how many decades we can add up together.  God Bless,Rae

I won't even bother predicting when I'll post again.  I give up.  

1 comment:

  1. It would be nice to see this story turn into something with a cause and put to use. If the world is so passionate about getting a family a puppy, shouldn't we be even more so in doing good?