I want you to do something for me. It’s a simple experiment, won’t cost you anything, in fact it will save you money. Tomorrow I want you to get up and not eat breakfast. Maybe a little toast and tea. For lunch have a banana. Skip dinner altogether, instead drink a couple glasses of water to settle your hunger a bit. The next day I want you to see how you feel. That’s how a homeless child feels every day! On that next day sit down to your usual breakfast. That’s how a homeless child feels when someone reaches out!
While the shakers and movers in the world ignite wars, orchestrate clandestine operations, and pass legislation we all disagree with, homeless children all over the world quietly stave to death. The cost of one drone would feed hundreds, and I’m not exaggerating, HUNDREDS of starving children. When you go to breakfast at Denny’s, the bit you leave on your plate because you are full is gold to a little girl in Africa. She would stick her little tongue out to catch the crumbs you toss to your cat!
You want to know where terrorism comes from? You want to know what motivates a suicide bomber? Look no farther than your dinner plate. If you, and your family were homeless, unclothed, and starving, what would you do if offered all these things all you had to do was put on a vest, walk among the people you perceive did this to you, and pull the string?
Time was when we could look at their drawn faces, their bloated bellies, and just change the channel, but friends, those days are gone forever. There are people with agendas in this world with a ready supply of willing volunteers to wear that vest! Children living life in alleys with death tugging at their elbow every hour of every day. No child should live like that, and it is a war crime to create a situation that forces any child to endure such conditions.
I won’t bore you with statistics. The numbers mean nothing. When you rattle off the mortality rate the millions cloud the mind and become if no consequence because the problem becomes insurmountable. So, let me reduce it to a manageable number On planet earth, in the year 2013 one child is one too many! The very idea of a three year old not having a bowl of Cheerios is absurd. The very idea of children starving for the want of a few miserable shillings is insane!
What is the solution? How do we eat this elephant? One bite at a time. How many meals do you eat in a given month? Single out one, just one, and put that money to good use. God, and your waist line will thank you for it. You will never miss it, in fact, you may skip breakfast, lunch once a week, and a child will live. One. Just one. What is one child worth? What is Nelson Mandela worth? What is Steve Jobs worth? What is Barak Obama worth! All of these men were “left on a doorstep.”
If everyone skipped that meal, and dedicated the money that would have been used we could eradicate hunger. And friends and neighbors, maybe someday those vests the terrorists are offering won’t fit so well, and on that day the skies will be bluer, God will smile, and a little girl,will say, “Thank you.”