“When you miss a meal during the day, how does that make you feel,” I asked the 40 youngest members of Pratt Presbyterian Church last night. The responses were quick and predictable for grade school children, “angry, tired, hungry.” Further into the conversation I mentioned that 1 out of every 6 children in the world goes sometimes an entire day with no food. I continued on, “I handed some of you a special band, will those of you who received that, please stand up.” Roughly every 6th child in the room stood up and I explained that this is what it looks like across the world and that these children represented kids that will be going to bed hungry tonight.
“But look how many people there are to help them,” said one child quietly.
I paused and smiled because sometimes it takes a quiet child in the back of a room to show us the good and to remind us that there are so many people who can use their time and resources to help others. In this illustration, these children did not see the magnitude of the number of people who need help, they saw the much larger number of people who could help.