“I’m hungry!”

By Qi Qi Kwang, Singapore

Remember when you were young, and you just had to say “I’m hungry” to have food served to you?

Embarrassingly, the affluence of Singapore has bred laziness among many young people. Having domestic helpers in homes to oversee the day-to-day processes of cooking and cleaning is now a norm.

Being born into a considerably well-to-do family, my only possible worries are that of examinations and trivial arguments at home. I am not expected to prepare meals or perform household chores. This is really a blessing of immense comfort that God has given me in His goodness. But in the midst of this luxury, how many of us actually spare a thought for those who are not as well-off?

Let us begin by asking God to help us to be thankful for the blessings He has given us (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Instead of being complacent and self-centered, let’s offer to God our “five loaves and two fishes” to help others, in accordance with what is written in Isaiah: “Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon” (Isaiah 58:10). May our prayers be . . .

God, I do not want to be so self-centered,
or so mired by my own problems.
Open my eyes to see the needs of others,
especially those who are close to me.
My family and friends,
I want to see them be saved.
Help me to be an encouragement to others,
Use what I have, Lord Jesus.
My five loaves and two fishes I offer up to You,
so that God, You can use me
to glorify Your name.
Help me to see the world through Your eyes.