James 2: 14-17 – 14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
The numbers are staggering indeed. Per numbers from the North Texas Food Bank, 835,000 people in North Texas live in a household where their meals are not assured. One in four children live in food-insecure households. 92 million meals are needed annually to fill the need for food assistance. Here. In North Texas. One of the fattest regions in the US.
It can be overwhelming to digest these numbers. It would certainly take a significant and sustained effort to solve the problem completely. But on an individual level, it is actually quite simple. Mother Teresa once said, ‘If you cannot feed a thousand, then just feed one.’ The next logical question then is, who is the ONE?
When we take a closer look, opportunities to be a blessing to the needy begin to pop out of the shadows. It may be a co-worker whose spirits are apparently down, and whose day you could brighten just by a smile. Someone who you find out can use a bit of coaching in something you are gifted at. An organization who will use clothes and shoes you realize you don’t really need to help those that do. Opportunities to help abound around us, and if we just slowed down some, we would see them staring us right in the face.
One such opportunity arose last week where a group from KingsWord Dallas volunteered of their time at the North Texas Food Bank, and the pictures below can attest to all the fun that was had. But after all the laughs, high-fiving and posing for pictures, I hope one question remained with each person.
What more can I do to help people around me?