Yesterday was World Food Day.  No, that it not a time to eat all the world’s food!  It is an attention call to the problem of hunger.  I’m not talking about the cravings you feel when you pass a fast food billboard, but the problem of illness and death that comes from undernutrition.  It is estimated that one in eight people in the world suffers from chronic undernourishment.* That’s about 870 million people who are sick or starving because of a lack of food.  Meanwhile I sit in my air-conditioned home with a pantry, refrigerator and freezer full of food that I am praying won’t consume me.  Yesterday was a day that reminded me that making amends for the harm I have done as a compulsive overeater is more than just putting down the fork and getting on a treadmill; it means redistributing some resources.

I had enough to support my eating habits when I was overeating.  Can I really claim I can’t support a local food pantry or a world food charity now that I am free?   As I pray for daily deliverance from my difficulties, I recommit to “those I would help” in the Third Step Prayer.  When so many are sick and dying from lack of something I have abused in abundance, who am I failing to help?

James 1:27 (NIV)

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

*2013 World Hunger and Poverty Facts and Statistics, World Hunger Education Service.