All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are moveable, and those that move. — Arabian Proverb
I don’t remember where I first came across this proverb, but it’s always stuck with me as a powerfully concise description of how society as a whole deals with issues of every size.
There are always those who are not even interested. They simply do not care about the issue. There are those that care enough to be interested, and maybe even concerned enough to learn about the issue. Then there are those few who care enough to actually find a way to impact the issue.
Ending hunger in our lifetime requires that third class of people. We need movers and shakers.
Those of us who care enough to act have to do what we can on behalf of the hungry. We need to actually move.
It’s not enough to know about hunger and poverty. We have to take that knowledge and use on behalf of those most in need. We need more movers.
So, the questions I leave with you this morning are simple ones. The proverb states there are three classes of people.
When it comes to ending hunger in our lifetime, what class are you?
Do you even care? Do you care enough to be interested and maybe even moved? Do you care enough to be a mover and a shaker, one of the class of people that will help change the world forever?
No child should have to go to bed hungry. Together we can make sure they do not have to. Let’s work together to end hunger in our lifetime.
What does it take to change the world? How much effort must be exerted before we can begin to see positive movement toward justice? Do our efforts really move us toward the place where we can hope to heal the pain of our broken world?
Is it possible to achieve a world without hunger in our lifetime?
I truly believe we can end the scourge of hunger in our lifetime. I know it’s possible. But I also know it is only possible if enough of us who care come to the place where we make it a priority. We have to get to the place where we really believe we can eradicate hunger, then act accordingly.
Peter Rosset wrote that, “The way people think about hunger is the greatest obstacle to ending it.” I totally agree.
Ending hunger in our lifetime will take a global movement of folks, all of us totally committed to creating the “greatest spiritual explosion” the world has ever experienced, the day hunger is eradicated forever. I, for one, know we can reach that day, and I am doing all I can to make it happen.
As Margaret Mead so eloquently stated, “Never doubt a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
Let’s make history. Let’s change the world.
Let’s work together in a movement that creates a world of true justice, a world where hunger is just a memory, where not even a single child has to cry herself to sleep from the pain of an empty stomach. Join the movement. Working together we can make it happen.
Are you in?