I posted this on Instagram yesterday, but I thought is was worth sharing here and elaborating a bit.
We went to church on Sunday and then were headed to my parents to see my Dad’s side of the family. We hadn’t seen them since Grandma passed and we wanted to get together for a cookout.
Often times, we see people asking for money or standing on the exit ramp and while I rarely have cash, I occasionally have spare change and sometimes have a bag of chips or even a water bottle and if the light stops us, I’ll roll down my window and give them what I have.
This is a different post for a different day, but I have thought long and hard about giving in scenarios like this. Whether it be someone asking on the sidewalk or kids raising money, I have come to the same conclusion and it is this.
Its not my place to pick, choose or judge peoples hearts, intentions or where they are coming from or going to. Its my place to love and serve and if I can do that, I will.
While I have thought about that before, of late, we have just been in a hurry a lot. We often see people asking for money and honestly, I often just drive by and hardly notice. Its too familiar.
Anyway, thanks to my wise and spirit led five year old, yesterday that changed and this holiday season, I hope to change it a bit more.
Below is my Instagram post from yesterday.
“As we pulled off of the exit ramp there was a homeless man with a cardboard sign and a backpack. We were singing along to one of my favorite worship songs and little Annie M piped up from the backseat asking, “if we could give the man some money.”
My husband pulled out the $5 he had in his pocket and the man ran to get it from my outstretched hand as the light changed. Annie M asked then if we could pray for him and before we knew it, she was asking the Lord to bless him, provide for him, give him a great place to live and warm food. She continued to pray while my husband and I wiped tears from our eyes and had all the warm, fuzzy, proud, thankful emotions run through us.
After praying, she asked if we thought God would answer her prayer and we said yep and she said, “great!” And moved on to the next thing. As I processed it all, my heart was full as I watched the love in my little girl, yet my spirit was stirring at the Christ-like example that she had just set for me.
Her heart was moved for the man and she acted. She saw a practical need and stepped in. There was no question of why or how and no judgement or question. Just a need and a practical means to help while giving thanks for the man and entrusting him to the Lord.
My prayer is that the Lord will give me eyes like a child and faith like a child to help, pray and believe. That I won’t think, doubt or question, but see a need and act. So many lessons I have to learn from my little one and thankful for her and her heart for Jesus.”
|I love everything about this. His cheeks, curious face and eyes full of wonder with the big city behind him. So much to see and explore, my baby.|
I have not yet decided how or what we will do, but I am praying about something simple like at the beginning of the month, put $10 of one’s in my car. Or, I had thought about with Annie M, telling her every time we purchase a gift for someone to put $2 aside for someone in need. Something simple (and that wont break the bank) but something constant and something that allows us to be ready if God says give. Also, while I have thought about the toiletry bags or grocery store gift cards, I don’t want to have to maintain or keep up with stuff.
I am open to ideas and I should also say here that I fully am in support of safety first and using discernment. I won’t just roll down the window and chat with anyone who approaches me, and I am all about daylight, public places and having my husband with me. I currently don’t feel called to step into street ministry with my kids or walk the streets late at night handing out cash. This isn’t what its about.
It’s about having a few bucks to help someone in need and being an example of Christ. It’s about not judging where they came from and not questioning what they are using it for or their circumstance, but me loving and us praying and entrusting them to the Lord. We will continue to pray for the man we crossed paths with yesterday and we will beg the Lord for His best for him – and we will add those in need to our prayer list.
So, that’s where I am at. Appreciative of Annie M, thinking how we can practically apply it more and trying to love my babies and show them Jesus along the way.
The weekend has been a good one. Lots of family time was had and cute pics were taken of my kids. Its definitely a Monday around here as I try to get my act together for the week and prepare for the holiday season!
|Photo by my sister of my kite loving boy!|