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Hunger

on September 23, 2014

So, I came across this video the other day, and it really got to me. I started wondering how I would act if I was forced to feed myself and my family like these little kids. I would probably be complaining, crying, and feeling sorry for myself. Here’s a link to the video so you can see it for yourself:

Now I don’t want to make people feel guilty, but I do wonder if something stirred in you when you saw these kids picking up crumbs. I know it did for me. The world is hungry, and when we see that hunger, something in us feels compelled to help. Or at least that’s what happens to me. But this feeling isn’t restricted to just physical hunger.

When I see someone who feels lost, like their life has no meaning or purpose and they’re hungry for something, that also compels me to help. People try to fill this other hunger with all sorts of things, even actual food. I usually try to fill it with entertainment, comedy shows, and You Tube videos. But I know, it won’t go away. I can’t watch enough funny things to make me happy or satisfied. It’s like trying to pick up crumbs to satisfy a deep hunger, it will never make that hunger go away.

But there is someone who can fill it, and that’s Jesus. He says “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life.” John 6:47-48. He is the only one that will fill this other hunger; this spiritual hunger. Maybe you already believe that, but there’s someone you know who is still hungry. I’d encourage you to point that person to the One who can satisfy.

Or maybe you feel compelled to help children who don’t have anything to eat, like the ones in the video. Here’s an organization I use to help people in other countries. Feel free to check it out. The link will take you to a page where they are asking for donations to help with the crisis in Iraq.

http://donate.worldvision.org/OA_HTML/xxwv2ibeCCtpItmDspRte.jsp?et_rid=312723561&go=item&funnel=dn&lpos=fea_btn&evar50=97894333&et_cid=50532935&ppi=97894333&section=10339&item=2733782&xxwvCampaign=12071470

But whatever you do, don’t ignore the hunger in the world. Whether it’s your own, or someone else’s, it does matter. Hunger points us to where there is a real need. So be a part of the solution.

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