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We can change the world. We can create a world where there is justice for all, where peacefulness is a way of life and where all God’s children have a fair share of the world’s bounty. All it requires is for us to care enough to act on what we know is right. All of us know those who would benefit from our time and efforts on their behalf. All we have to do is care.

worth the effort

In my last post I focused on a couple of European proverbs that dealt with both how God provides and our responsibility. That morphed into a mini-rant on the flaws in our US welfare system.

A more familiar saying to most of us, and a response I hear on a regular basis when I teach about ending hunger in our lifetime, is

God helps them that help themselves.

We are told that thisĀ little nugget is a Biblical teaching pointing out that the poor are poor because they are to lazy to help themselves. And although there are some poor who are not as industrious as we think they should be, this proverb is just another traditional saying. It isn’t in the Bible.

Many would like to have the Bible to help justify not helping the poor among us, but this proverb is not a quote from the Bible. Look for yourself. It just isn’t there.

As I pointed out yesterday, there are some poor in the United States that have come to the place where they feel entitled to help. This comes from a flawed welfare system that rewards people for not exerting the effort to help themselves.

That doesn’t mean that the hungry in our country should not be helped. Hungry people need to be fed, wherever they are found. How can we tolerate over 40 million of our citizens going hungry on a regular basis?

What is needed is that we fix the broken system. That includes changing the law, It also means changing the values and lifestyles of those receiving aid.

Changes of this magnitude do not happen without tremendous effort and time, but I think it is worth the effort. Do you?

 

 

eating an elephant

A man can only do what he can do. But if he does that each day, he can sleep at night and do it again the next day. — Albert Schweitzer

Ending hunger is much like eating an elephant. It can be done, but it’s not going to happen in one meal.

We can, and we should, end hunger in our lifetime. However, it will take determination to make it happen.

Ending hunger in our lifetime is difficult, but never make the mistake of thinking it is impossible. Each of us only need to do what we can today. Then tomorrow we do what we can again. Like any great endeavor, eradicating the scourge of hunger requires great perseverance.

The secret to changing the world to a place where hunger is just a memory can be found in a Buddhist say that I have always liked. “If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is to keep on walking.”

Persistent effort will get us to the day when we have a hunger-free world. We aren’t there yet, but we are closer than we were yesterday. And tomorrow is another day. Let’s just keep walking until we get there.