Thursday, December 8, 2011

Day - 78 Homelessrob is Hungry!

Hunger....... what a problem, Isn't it? Doesn't it seen to just add to the problems? In fact doesn't it seem like hunger is a large portion of the problems when it comes to homelessness and poverty? It's one thing to be homeless and its another to be homeless and hungry.

Hey, you don't even need to be homeless to be hungry. I see plenty of people - well dressed people - standing in the food bank lines, loading up their mini vans. Don't worry, if you are that person I'm not going to go after you. I'm not going to judge you. I understand, sometimes to keep your home you have to find ways to cut costs. I get it! The price of food seems to go up at the same rate of gas. The truth is, if I had my life back you might find me in that same line. I cant blame anyone for getting help in any way they need in these days. As long as you need it and are not just taking advantage. I don't think you are taking away from me. I'm a grown up homelessman. Feed your kids!

Last night I wondered, why do we get hungry? The logical answer is because to run our bodies we need fuel (nutrition). When we run out of food, hunger is our body's way of saying "we need to replenish".

But still, doesn't it seem to be such a bad deal for us as humans? I mean WHY? Why couldn't God just give us solar powered bodies or something? Or better yet, a body that simply never starves. A body that simply replenishes itself, and never feels hunger at all. This thought probably conflicts with how we die. As we get older our bodies break down, then the day comes. But God could have done something about that too. Its almost like he added hunger into the mix for a reason. I think he did!

(this is the first time I have ever dropped scripture in my blog)

Proverbs 25:21 says : "If your enemies are hungry, give them food to eat. If they are thirsty, give them water to drink".

Here God tells us to be compassionate towards our enemies! And to use food to do so!

Matthew 25:35 says:  "For I was hungry and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink".
It actually goes on, and I like this part:
"I was a stranger and you invited me into your home".
I'll add that part because it seems relevant.

Romans 13: 20 says: "If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads".

Here God shows us how that we can use hunger in a way that will shame our enemies. Here hunger is a problem that becomes a solution. Food will end wars! How can you hate me when I just fed you? How can you strike me down when I'm bring you up? How can you kill me when I kept you alive? I know you are probably thinking about the Pilgrims and Indians right now! That was a messed up situation and I believe that on a wider scale of things this is a concept that runs correct.

I am Homelessrob,  but why am I even your enemy in the first place? What did any homeless person ever do to you that made you look down on them so much? If you see me in the streets why would you NOT check in on me and make sure I'm not starving?

In the Bible it is sometimes hard to separate the hunger that we feel in our guts every day to the hunger that we feel when it comes to God's love. You might be hungry in one manner and not the other.

I just had a Big Mac, but I'm hungry for Gods love.

So, where does this leave us! With a motion that God is telling us that hunger (despite what we typically think about it) can be used for a greater good.

Because of hunger we have an opportunity so show compassion. We have an opportunity to show humility and to also be toward humble others. We have a way to demonstrate friendship, caring, and love to and for each other.

If you have never wanted for anything and find yourself on the streets starving next to me I might not have food to give you, because I am poor, but I'll point you in the right direction. If I can't do that for you, I'll hold your "I'm hungry, Please help" up, if you can't. If that doesn't work, I'll beg it out of someone for you, in my own name if need be. I'm Homelessrob, but I'm not your enemy!

God also tells us to be hungry....... for Him! God tells us over, and over, and over again that our hunger for Him is important because it will bring us closer to him. Stay hungry in this manner, in fact! Stay hungry for Him and one day you will NEVER, in any manner, be hungry!

Sometimes I get upset when I hear someone say "our government only helps other countries". Are those countries hungry? For those people I'd just like to ask: At what point BEFORE your BIRTH were you asked "what country would you like to be born in"? Some people are born into hunger.

Food is an international symbol of caring, hope, happiness, compassion, and love!

I read a tweet the other day where a woman said "I was at the bus stop craving the bagel in my pocket. I couldn't eat it because the man next to me was homeless and I didn't want to feel bad". Before we judge her and say "feed him the bagel", I don't know her.... I just read the tweet, maybe that bagel was all she had to eat. Maybe she wasn't homeless but still hungry. I don't know! I just want you (my reader) to know that if you find yourself in that position and you have the means..... break that bread.... share that meal...because its not just a bite to eat that you gave that person..... it was also love.

I want to church for my Thanksgiving dinner. It was AWESOME! They had over 100 people. There was enough food for everyone to have a few plates and leftovers. I had 1 pretty big plate and shortly after I had another smaller plate. I was fool! I couldn't eat anymore.

I was sitting next to another homelessman (we tend to sit together) and towards the end of the event he was scraping his plate clean. He rubbed his full stomach, put his fork on it, looked at me and said "this was an amazing dinner, I'm stuffed, the only problem is, in about 4 hours from now, I'll be hungry".

When I think about that statement I think:

It sucks because people sometimes have to feel hungry and I wish to God that we never had to! I wish to God hunger would just end. But thankfully, God gave a way for us to remind ourselves, every 4 hours, to love each other!

People, PLEASE! Go to your cabnets! Look in your fridge! Find a church, food bank or soup kitchen. AND GIVE LOVE.

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town.geek said...

Amazing insights, homelessrob. Thanks for sharing!

One of my all-time favorite quotes seems appropriate here:
"If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one." ~Mother Teresa

Robert Rashford said...

I like that quote! Town.geek I've been meaning to get with you. I'll message you later!