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2 A Day

Posted on February 8th, 2011

There are many things that we should have two of each day: teeth-brushing sessions, 15-minute breaks at work, servings of four glasses of water, and so on. What would life be like if I only had two dollars to spend each day?

Such is the reality for millions upon millions of people around the world. The statistics are both staggering and depressing. In fact, 20% of the world lives on less than $1.25 a day. Oh, and did I say millions of people? I really meant to say billions. Scary, huh?

In the latest series at Forefront, Imagine, we were challenged to eat on $2.00 a day for a week. The point of this is not to make us suffer, but to experience a hint of the hunger, stress, and poverty that billions of less fortunate people have to endure on a daily basis. Maybe then, after identifying with them and participating in their reality, we can be invigorated to change their plight.

Despite this, though, I realized that living on $2 a day in New York is not *that* hard. In the land of Ramen noodles, PB&J, potatoes, popcorn, and other cheap foods, it’s pretty doable. Many of my friends at Forefront have been putting together some incredible recipes under these kinds of constraints. If, however, our consumption was limited to rice and other basic starches, I can imagine how quickly our bodies would start to deteriorate.

The other thing I realized is that we have the luxury of choice. This is something that members of the church are doing voluntarily, while the billions out there have no such liberties. I should fess up right now by saying that I am not participating in this challenge yet, but will do so after I have overcome an illness and have my dental issues addressed. So I’ll probably be attempting this towards the end of February on my own. I hope that I don’t ever take this ability to pick and choose for granted.

I, for one, will be exercising my freedom of choice and using part of my relatively abundant resources to make a difference. Even without direct participation in the challenge (yet!), I am moved by all of my friends who are doing it and really sacrificing. As someone who loves food, I can only imagine how difficult this is for them, and will be for me.

So there you have it. Two dollars a day. Coming to a hungry yet humble stomach near you.

One Response to “2 A Day”

  1. Matthew kd Says:

    sounds like an exciting church Justin! I would be interested in hearing about your adventures if you decide to go ahead with this.

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