Pause for Thought: The ‘If’ campaign

Following a most successful launch in Eastbourne at the beginning of the year, the IF ... campaign is now rolling.

Nearly 1,000,000,000 people go to bed hungry every night and over 2,000,000 children die from malnutrition annually.

The truth is that there is enough food for everyone,

IF ...

... we give enough to stop children dying from hunger and help poorest families feed themselves,

... governments stop big companies dodging tax in poor countries,

... we stop poor farmers being forced off their land and grow crops to feed people, not fuel cars,

... governments and big companies are honest and open about their actions that stop people getting enough food.

Local CAFOD, Christian Aid, TEARfund and Fairtrade groups are promoting the campaign in Eastbourne.

Come and jump on the bandwagon at a major public ‘IF ...’ event on Saturday 16th March, 2pm, at Our Lady of Ransom Church hall.

Martyn Relf, chair of Churches Together for Eastbourne has written the above in his latest newsletter.

As you peruse the pages, think also about the words of the Old Testament writer in Psalm 145, commending the Lord for his provision for mankind.

‘The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time.

You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.’

Point made, I hope. Point taken, too, I hope.

IT was a shock to watch a news item on BBC TV a few nights ago, which gave the main risk factors for ill health in the UK.

Top of the list is smoking, followed closely by high blood pressure.

Obesity, lack of exercise and poor diet were less of a threat, but nevertheless significant.

Number 6 was alcohol, which I thought would have been higher. We’re not really helping ourselves towards a long healthy life, are we!

Personally speaking, it is my not doing enough walking, swimming and aerobics that bothers me.

Linked to these statistics I have been wondering about spiritual wellbeing, and it prompted me to read again the greetings of the apostle to a friend so many years ago. ‘I pray that you may enjoy good health, and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well’ (3 John 2).

Three-part beings we are, and we need balance in every area in order to be and do our best for God.