Overload! When I was a kid growing up in Western Pennsylvania, above ground coal mining was very big business. You quickly learned to give the very large coal trucks extra space on the road. They were paid for how many tons they hauled, so, being the American way, they often overloaded and drove as quickly as possible. A speeding, overloaded, large coal truck on narrow, hilly, and winding roads is a force to be respected.
In fact, outside our small town of Callensburg, I remember walking down to see the excitement of a coal truck stuck on a broken, single-lane, metal bridge. Because the truck was way overloaded, the bridge broke. Not a good thing! When something is overloaded it creates too much stress. It is beyond its designed safety limits. It is in danger of causing damage to itself and possibly to those within its vicinity. Being on overload is risky and can be costly.
One of the very difficult things about living in our technological, handheld computer devices, information age is that we find ourselves overloaded and overwhelmed with news, images, and data. Personally, I find it rather hard to navigate. After all, we receive way more information than we can adequately process or respond. Think of how differently things were many years ago. Comparatively, very little information was received and very few relationships were maintained.
For me, one of the primary challenges, is not to become hardened by all of the constant and never-ending pain and need presented from around the world. Unfortunately, in the news business, as the saying goes, “If it bleeds, it leads.” This means, to keep up the ratings and views, a lot of really bad news is constantly displayed before our hearts and minds. So we become insensitive to the hurt and pain all around us, which is a defense mechanism to protect us from all of the bad news which we can do so very little to alleviate.
But here’s some really tragic news that you and I can actually do something about, and make a real difference. Did you know, 17,000 children die every day from starvation and other preventable hunger-related causes? A tragic fact! But you and I can actually make a difference. At Hope on Saturday, April 10, in just 2 hours, you can personally package a box of 216 nutritious meals for children who are significantly malnourished or even starving. Most of the costs have been covered so all you need to do is to sign up and then join 50 other Hopesters, working together in assembly lines. You’ll measure food ingredients, funnel them into plastic bags, and then weigh, seal, and box the meals.
These nutritious meals contain rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables, and a specially formulated vitamin blend that targets the immune systems of malnourished children. You can make a difference! Please sign-up right now at welcome2hope.com/food-packing and choose one or both of the 2, two-hour times slots. Bring your small group or entire family.
“‘When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?’ Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.’” Jesus