Have you ever not had food to eat? Have you ever worried about the state of your drinking water? Have you ever slept without a roof?
I am recently crushed by the reality that people are starving. People are getting sick from the water they have available. People are worrying where they will sleep. This reality has started to haunt me.
It’s so easy to get consumed with the idea of ourselves. We are continuously surrounded with our dreams, fears, concerns, and needs. We slowly start to adopt the mindset “out of sight, out of mind”. We slowly block others out. And somewhere along the way, we forget that we are all in this together. The truth is, so many of us are rich. We’ve never worried where our next meal will come from. We’ve never been concerned about the quality of our water. We have never walked in those shoes. However, others have. Others are currently living in that hell. And that should haunt us.
What is our infatuation with war? It seems that humans always want to fight against something. We always want to destroy what doesn’t fit into our values. We have justified the most unthinkable acts based on this idea to fight for, and wage war against, what we don’t believe in. But what if this infatuation with war was initially intended for good? What if this characteristic of fighting was intended for us to fight for each other and not against? What if this was instilled inside of us so that whenever we saw someone suffering, we would fight for them. We would sacrifice. We would love.
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink”. Jesus was for people. He wanted what was best for those that he came into contact with. He cared. I believe there is something to that. I have found in my experience that it is intrinsic to the human condition that we care for others; that we give of what we have gathered in order to help our neighbor. Whether you are a christian, muslim, hindu, agnostic, or an atheist, it does something deep inside of you when you help those around you. I believe we were created to fight for humanity.
Friends, I believe it is time to stop being against things, and start to be for humanity. Stop being against those that are different than you. Start believing in your neighbor. Start supporting efforts to end hunger, slavery, poverty, and oppression. Start listening to every person’s story. Start living beyond yourself.
It’s estimated that it would cost 30 billion dollars each year to end world hunger. Americans alone spend approximately 40 billion each year on coffee. Friends, we are rich. We have been given so much. We weren’t created to hold onto it. We were created to give it to our brothers and sisters who are in dire need of help. We were created to live beyond ourselves. We were created to love. And I have found that when we give of ourselves, there is this sense in our spirit that says “This is where I belong.” Recently I heard it said, “Listen to what makes you cry. Maybe God is trying to tell you she something.” Well, I’m listening and I think we can end this. We can make a difference. We can bring hope to a life that is need. We can be who we were created to be. Let’s wage war against hunger. I believe in us.
The following are humanitarian organizations that I would recommend you look into and support. They all have incredible charity ratings and directly support those with perhaps the greatest need:
-Feed My Starving Children
-Preemptive Love Coalition