Week one has come and gone leaving fasting behind me, for now anyway. Somedays it was easy and some days I did not do so well. The great thing is, my eyes have been opened to so much through this experience. Let me tell you about a few things I realized, if you don't mind.
The biggest thing I came away with is this. I have a choice. Yep, that one little word says it all to me. I have choices in my life. So many others don't. I chose to fast. Others have that choice made for them due to lack of food and funds. I could decide to eat at anytime unlike so many others. I could also decide what to eat, when to eat and where to eat. So what's the eye-opener in that? I realized how blessed I am. Being blessed isn't the end, it's the beginning. Being blessed means I get to pass it on. Being blessed means I am able to make the choice to share my blessings. The possibilities are endless because the blessings in my life are endless. So now what?
Like I promised, I have $35.00 set aside from fasting. I have been thinking and praying about how to pay it forward in a way that will touch a hungry life. I want to actually see it go into the hands of another in a tangible way. I am seriously thinking about purchasing $35 worth of Thanksgiving groceries, knocking on a door and making the delivery face to face. The question is, "Who's door?" So, you all have two days to offer up whatever suggestions you might have regarding how to "invest" the $35 into someone else's life. I will consider all opportunities presented. Help me figure this out. I'll be forever thankful.
Right now, I am in Alabama visiting my oldest son, Matthew and his family. I leave in the morning for Florida to spend Thanksgiving with my middle son, John and his family. John's wife, Amy, is a wonderful young woman. I love her very much. She has a bit of a crazy side to her much like her mother-in-law does. She also loves God, much like her mother-in-law does. She has offered to be a part of "doing the list". I believe I will take her up on that in the next few days.
One other thing about hunger I noticed this week. It's not just people that suffer from hunger. Traveling from Oklahoma to Alabama, we saw more packs of skinny, stray dogs than I remember ever seeing before in my entire life. I love animals a lot. I love people more. I do not love people who dump animals and allow them to starve to death. This is just plain wrong. I told Bob I think I may become an animal control officer so I can legally shoot some bad people. He just shook his head. He does that a lot when I'm talking. Anyway, next week I'll post what I did with the $35 and whether or not I shot anyone as an animal control officer.
Now, onto week number two:
2. Contact your local crisis pregnancy center and invite a pregnant woman to live with your family.