Tis the season to
be jolly help the hungry.
I saw this billboard on my way to school this morning. Sure, Christmas has been over for a few weeks, but this message still remains true throughout the entire year. Too often, we enjoy the pleasures in our lives without thought of those who will never get to experience such pleasures. No matter how hungry we think we may be between meals, we must not forget that there are hundreds of millions of people out there who are far hungrier than us and don’t even have a meal to look forward to. I’m not saying that we should feel bad about what we have, or that we should throw away all our possessions and live in a cardboard shack, eating crackers and water; I just want all of us to be thankful for what we’ve been blessed with and find ways in which we can give to those in need.
Consider how much money you’ve spent eating out this week. Did you really need to eat out so many times? I want you to try something: over the next few weeks, set aside a dollar every time you spend money on something you don’t need, whether it be food or any material objects. After a few weeks, you’ll be surprised by how much money you’ve set aside! In addition, you might be shocked at how often you bought things that you could have lived just fine without.
Use that money to help someone in need. It could be a homeless guy on the side of the street, it could be an overseas mission. Even better than just donating money, consider donating your time by volunteering at a homeless shelter or soup kitchen. If you’d like to donate money, an excellent missions program I know of is Gospel for Asia.
Remember, you never know who the poor people you’ll meet are. For all you know, they could be God is disguise.
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” – Matthew 25:37-40
Here’s a video on this topic you might enjoy: The Parable of the Workmen