Waste Not, Want Not

Have your parents ever asked you to finish your food? Or have they ever reminded you to finish your vegetables? The reason they gave, I’m sure, was because you were lucky that you could eat abundantly. Some people can’t even eat. We should be thankful to God because He has blessed us with an abundance of food. As we get older, we soon realize that all of our parents’ reminders are for our own good.

In different parts of the world, a lot of people don’t—and can’t—eat. It is not because they don’t want to, but because they can’t afford it. According to statistics, every 3.6 seconds, someone dies of hunger. Fifteen million children die every year because of starvation. People die not because there isn’t enough food for them, but because they can’t afford to buy food or the food isn’t distributed equally among them.

For some, food is scarce. Some have to even dig up trash cans just to find some scrap of food to eat. They have to fight for food. They have to fight for shelter. Some of them suffer from malnutrition because of their condition to eat. Malnutrition is when someone is lacking of vitamins and minerals causing them to be unhealthy.

Waste not, want not. If you don’t waste anything, you will always have enough for your needs. Give thanks with all the food you have.

Here are  somethings to keep in mind: Firstly, take only what you need, particularly food, little by little, then when you need more, take some more. Don’t let food go to waste. Our parents work hard each day of the year just to meet our daily needs. Think of all who don’t have the privilege to eat.

Secondly, don’t crave for food when you see it. You’ll end up buying food you don’t need. And when you don’t eat it, the food will expire.

Thirdly, don’t just buy and buy all the time. Buying too much food can cause it to expire quickly if you don’t consume it in time. Things you buy too much of will not be used.

Last but not least, if you buy more than what you need, or when you have enough money to buy so much, why not share it with those people who are less fortunate? You aren’t the only one who will be happy, but those who receive it will also be happy and grateful. I believe that making other people smile is the best way to share compassion. For us, it is only a small thing to do; for them, it is a blessing. We have to learn how to share and how to make other people smile using the gifts that God gave us.

A little help can make a big change. A little help can reduce the number of deaths. A little help is more than enough. A little help can make the world a better place.

I am particularly interested participating in the Action for Earth Youth seminar because I want to learn how I can make a difference. I want to learn how to help others in need. I want to encourage other people to do the same thing. I want to help change my Jakarta or even Indonesia. I want to change the bad habits in this country. Most of all I want to make the world a better place to live in.

—by Amanda Salim

- www.aasd.k12.wi.us/staff/hermansenjoel/apmuseum/vogt/starvation.htm

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