#shareameal

As I observe the world around me, I’ve noticed humanity’s disregard for our fellowmen. It never fails to amaze me just how much we “care”. We’ve become so caught up in self that we don’t even notice those suffering right beside us. It’s all about me, what I want, what I can do, how I look, how life affects me. We spend so much time focused on the me factor, that we neglect our duty to each other.

As a little girl my mother use to tell us of the people in Africa who didn’t have what to eat most time, much less a choice, whenever we decided we didn’t want what she had. I pass persons on the streets begging a meal and think “If only I had the money to help them.” Then one day I’m at home and throw out some old food because I didn’t feel like having anymore of it. On days like those guilt rides my conscience. I can’t help but think that at that moment someone near me might be hungry and not even have old food.

There are other days when I have a craving and stop at nothing until I get what I want, simply because I wanted it (if you know me you know this is chocolate). Over the passed few months I’ve come to realize how self involved I am. For the last few years, I’ve posted a birthday wishlist on Facebook, hoping someone would get me a present. This year I have one wish.

I’ll need your help and the help of everyone you know. Let’s make a difference. This year help me share a meal with someone in need. And no, that’s not the friend who’s always hungry no matter what. There are tons of people around us who may have need of a friend with a well needed meal. Maybe a friend, a family meal, a co-worker, someone at the station, the homeless shelter, your neighbour, whoever you choose. You can do it solo or in groups. Help me make someone’s day special.

November 11 is SHARE A MEAL DAY! Let’s start a trend. Let’s make a difference. Share this post with your friends. Tag them in post just #shareameal. On November 11 post on your social media to let me know you took part. Lets’s change the world one meal at a time. ┬áRemember we are called to be our brother’s keeper. To be stewards of God taking care of the world around us.

P.S. #Shareameal

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Upgraded and Forgotten

I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt so that you would not be their slaves, and I broke the bars of your yoke and made you walk erect.(Leviticus 26: 13)

Phones have never been a particular interest of mine. Those of you who know me can testify to the fact that I’ve been a “bangaz” kinda girl for a long time. The era of smart phones, which started near the end of my high school sojourn, saw many of my friends upgrading to this communication medium.

“They make life easier.”

“You naah seh nothin if yuh nuh hjave a smaat fone”

“Get with the times”

“Yuh have Whatsapp?” No. “Twitter?” No. “Instagram?” No. “Snapchat?” NO.

“When yuh get whatsapp mi message yuh man. SMS and FB outta style.”

But little miss “bangaz”, me, still didn’t see the point. In my mind, being as naive as I am, friendship could overcome the boundaries of social media. Little did I know, the meaning of friendship existing in my mind was WRONG. The bigger the phones got, followed of course by the lifestyles, the less the communication became, until it was plain none existent. These were persons I use to talk to at least once a week.

Time passed and it became necessary to acquire such a device. You would think my friends, now recognizing my presence on the social media outlets, friends I never failed to text (SMS and Facebook of course) or call, would then send me a message. Ha! you would be wrong. W-R-O-N-G, wrong.

The point of my rantings is this; through the times when we were broke, or when we were in trouble, when our luck was down, we knew our creator. Then we get to the point where we get our jobs, or degrees, or marry well, you know step up in life. From some of us, we get a small break like passing GSAT or CXC (yes, it is that bad). At this point we upgrade and forget who brought us through. We act like the Israelites. They only knew God when they were in trouble.

God blesses us because he loves us. Yet we use our blessings to distract us from serving him. We UPGRADE and we FORGET. Analyse your life…Have you forgotten where God has brought you from? What he has brought you through? I cannot claim to have ever brought my friends through, but God can. It’s time to Upgrade and REMEMBER.

P.S. Though God is way better than us, he never abandons us.