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SavetheFood.com and Ron Sider

I was riding down  I-85 and a billboard catches my eye stating that forty percent of food in America is wasted, and I know immediately that I am guilty.

So I went to http://www.savethefood.com/.  This website has lots of helpful shopping and storing information.   They share a few powerful statistics but lots of solutions. It’s perfect for people like me who thumbed their nose  on home economics classes to pursue more practical pursuits like academia. I confess that lack basic shopping and food preparation skills.  This website has some practical help on shop ping and meal planning. There is lots of information on storing food.SaveTheFood

 

So I am making a resolution and going public with it to quick throwing food away.  This means getting better at shopping, food preparation and storing food.

I confess that  I am a terrible grocery shopper.  I tend to shop while I’m out and throw random objects into the cart.  Planning ahead has never been my specialty.  To top that off, I  am way too optimistic about how much I am actually going to cook. I am also lazy. It’s time to admit to myself that I am unlikely to take the time to cut up a cantelope or a pineapple.  It’s easier just to buy it cut up.

Summer is a particular challenge. I crave fresh fruits and vegetables and some stores make them look so good especially the Harris Teeter and Publix.  I am crazy about the Ingles salad bar.

This practical website has greater implications for me than saving a few bucks at the grocery store.   Christianity, at its best, is radical.  It shakes our world.  As Americans most of us know that we live much better than 90 to 95% of the world.  My friend, Dwight Mangum, has said that he needs to visit a third world country on a regular basis just to keep life in perspective. At the time, we were both part of a missions trip to the Philippines.

I think SavetheFood.com is a great place to start. This site is not about guilt, it’s about practical solutions.  For me, being a global Christian begin with curbing waste.

RichChristians

An excellent book on the church and the world hunger situation is Ron Sider’s Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger:   Moving from Affluence to Generosity..  I  first read this book in my twenties and it’s still in print. Ron Sider is the president of Evangelicals for Social Action.  He last updated this book in 2005.He has written many others

While  He acknowledges that issues of world hunger are complicated,  He offers practical solutions for us today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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29 Gifts by Cami Walker

I’m going to switch gears this week and write about an adult book that has impacted me.

Cami Walker has multiple sclerosis.  At the point of devasting illness and deep depression,  she was challenged by her South African healer, Mbali Creazzo, to give away 29 gifts in 29 days.   29 Gifts: How A Month of Giving Can Change Your Life is her story

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Cami Walker has a very different worldview from me.  She embraces lots of new age philosophy, acupuncture and yoga.  She is comfortable with all religions and visits a garden with statues to all the major religions of the world.  Cami has lived in San Francisco and now lives in L.A.

I live in Greenville, South Carolina at the heart of the Bible Belt.  I believe in one God, the Bible and Jesus Christ as the only way to salvation.  When I meditate, it’s on the scripture  For me to be too ecumenical detracts from the God I worship-the God who is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.   I am  leery of vegan diets, alternative health plans, acupuncture, and idols to other gods.

Yet, I have been profoundly impacted by 29 Gifts.    Cami is unflinchingly honest.  She shares her bouts with self-pity and squabbles with her husband as freely as she shares her acts of generosity.

Cami’s  gifts  often do not involve  major planning. Nor is the giving out of obligation- .  Don’t we all know people who give out of martyrdom rather than joy?  Cami’s kind of giving is motivated by giving others delight, like making a  meal for husband or finding that just right present.  She also talks about receiving gifts graciously from others.

It’s clear that setting out to give 29 gifts changed Cami’s life.  Her health improved, she was able to get her business going again.

Lest anyone thinks I have donated a kidney to my ex-husband, my two main gifts to others have been handling out water bottles and picking up trash in my neighborhood while walking the dog.  I haven’t even focused on doing something daily just being open to opportunities. (like carrying a cooler in my car.)

I have had a difficult year of facing unemployment and limited resources.  This book has challenged me to live out my Christianity,  be grateful and to get over myself.  It has aided me in my spiritual struggle to leave the past behind and put away negative thinking.