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The Thing About Tummy Rubs

world-food-day-2011 I sit back in my chair at the dining table and rub my belly.

I tell my wife,”That was delicious, honey.” And it was. She’s become quite the cook!

My 2-year-old, always the copycat, stands up in his chair and lifts his shirt. He rubs his hands across his little, round belly.

“Delishus momma!”

Then he turns to me, giggling.

“Wook daddy … my tummy is big!”

I reach over and rub his warm tummy as he cracks up.

He wouldn’t know how to express it just yet, but that warm, full-belly feeling is satisfaction.

A full tummy is a satisfied tummy. And I’m satisfied too. There’s a certain satisfaction that comes with knowing that I can provide for my family.

Both of my boys are healthy. They have healthy appetites. We are blessed.

But I’m also reminded of the fathers around the world who work much harder than I do and still can’t put enough food on the table.

I’m reminded of little bellies that groan and growl. I think of the 2-year-olds who aren’t giggling today but crying, hoping for anything to fill their empty stomachs.

I think of the single mothers who struggle with the cost of daycare so they can go to work just to buy a meager amount of groceries.

There are more than 1 billion people on this planet who don’t have enough to eat.

That sentence alone should enrage you. It should move you. It should give us all motivation to do something about it.

Today is World Food Day.

A day to realize how blessed we are just for having a chance to eat a meal and get a full tummy.

Maybe this year you can join the thousands of caring people who will decide to skip one meal and give that cost to feed hungry children.

Maybe you’re called to pray for the hungry or clean out the pantry, make a trip to the grocery store, and help stock the food pantry at your church.

Maybe you’ll write a blog post about World Food Day and link it up below so we can all benefit from your perspective.

However you honor World Food Day, do something. Everyone should get that satisfaction of a full tummy.

Heck, everyone should get a tummy rub!