God gives the nuts

God gives food to every bird, but he does not throw it into the nest. 

I love the simplicity and clear lessons we can receive from traditional wisdom and sayings.  The Montenegrin proverb above is a beautiful example.

It is supposed to teach us that there is enough food for everyone, but we have to work for it. It’s not going to be dropped in our laps.

The ugly reality is that there are many poor in the United States that have come to expect that food be thrown into their nests. This due to a flawed system that creates a sense of entitlement and actually rewards creating even more little birds to feed.

But this is not true for the millions of hungry  in other countries around the world. The true tragedy is that millions of our human family work from before dawn to far after dusk and yet still cannot adequately feed themselves and their children.

Hunger is real in the United States. That’s a fact. And hungry people need to be fed.

Yet we must address the system that encourages people to have more children rather than work. We must teach that honest labor is not just necessary but rewarding. Or, as the German proverb teaches us, we must learn that

 God gives the nuts, but he does not crack them.