Well, I did it. I went 24 hours with no food. The first 8 hours were easy because I was sleeping. The second 8 hours were not too bad. I was on an outing with some kids from our church and was too busy to really think about food. During lunch, one of the kids asked me what I brought for lunch and I shared with him that I was doing a 24 hour hunger strike. Of course then all of the kids wanted to hear about it. It was great opportunity to share with them why I chose to go without food.
The final 8 hours of the strike were very difficult. I had to go to the grocery store to get food for my kids for dinner. Everything looked so good and the bakery smelled wonderful. I also started getting a migraine headache. The headache caused me to be extremely nauseous. I was also very tired and had no energy. So I decided to lay down and take a nap. When I woke up from my nap, my headache was worse but I couldn't take medicine on an empty stomach. As I dealt with the pain and nausea, I wanted to just give in and eat. About 10:00 pm, I even cooked my dinner so I could eat. But as it was cooking, I kept thinking about the moms in East Africa and in other countries that deal with hunger everyday.
I could picture them in my mind and see their faces of desperation. I thought about how they must deal with the physical affects on their bodies while continuing to care for their families. I knew that I had to continue the strike until midnight. I didn't do it because it makes me a better person or so I could add some accomplishment to my list. I did it because I wanted the famine in East Africa to become personal to me. Because when an issue becomes personal to us then we do something about it.
I can sponsor other people, buy t-shirts or make donations to help someone else's cause. But when I do that, it doesn't become personal to me. I can make my contribution and then just move on with my life and never really think about the issue again. However when I experience hunger or see the devastation of poverty firsthand, I am forever impacted.
I am reminded of Jesus' commands in the Bible regarding our love for the poor and hungry. 1 John 3:17-19 says But if someone who is supposed to be a Christian has money enough to live well, and sees a brother in need, and won't help him--how can God's love be within him ? Little children, let us stop just saying we love people; let us really love them, and show it by our actions. Then we will know for sure, by our actions, that we are on God's side, and our consciences will be clear, even when we stand before the Lord. James 2:14- 17 says What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. Matthew 25: 34-46 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me. Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’
Matthew 25 is a very clear command to the Christian. When we help the poor and needy we are really serving Christ. The seond half of that passage is even more important. When we see someone hungry or in need and do nothing, then we are rejecting Christ and His commands.
Is there a need that God is calling you to meet but you have been putting it off or trying to ignore it? Is there something you can do to make an issue personal to your life? I challenge you to stop waiting and do somethingtoday to .
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