I mean, seriously. Once again I’m finding myself struck by 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess.
I find myself asking the questions:
Am I taking care of the poor?
What about the widows? And the homeless?
My answer would have to be no.
I am taking care of myself. And, of course, my family. I even help out at church when need be. But more than that? Probably not.
And I find that extremely sad.
So I prayed and asked God how can I help more people? What can I do? Selfishly, I’m hoping he’ll drop someone on my doorstep. I don’t want to have to go anywhere. (And really I’d love not to have to do anything.)
The next day, after I prayed that prayer, I saw a guy coming door-to-door saying that he was starting a lawn business and wondering if we needed our lawns mowed for cash. My initial thought, was no, we don’t need our lawn mowed. I said that and he moved onto the next house.
Then I started to think was this a guy that needed help? As he walked to our neighbors pushing his lawn mower and carrying his can of gasoline, I thought maybe I could help him. But then the thoughts (excuses) started:
- I didn’t have any cash to pay him.
- He would come back all the time, always wanting more money.
- I have kids around. Do I want them exposed to this guy?
- Blah, blah, blah…
Reinman was sitting on the porch, and I was like, “I feel like I should maybe help this guy. What can I do?” He proceeded to give me a list of almost the exact same reasons why we shouldn’t as listed above. That made me feel a little bit better, but not really.
So, I chased the guy down, and gave him a bottled water. I asked him if he needed anything (I have a ton of stuff stocked up like toothbrushes, pasta, things like that.) I was so prepared to give him anything. He said he only needed money because times are so tough on him. I agreed with him, and then walked back home.
I know the water isn’t much (kind of pathetic really…) but I hope it’s the start of something.
I hope I don’t sound like I’m preaching or judgmental. These are just thoughts running through my head of what I need to do, what I need to pray more about. Basically it all comes down to this: I want to be more like Jesus.
1 John 3:17-18 “If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.”
Matthew 25:35 “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.”
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