It was the first cold day of the year, and I had decided to walk to the bus yard from downtown.
On my way, I walked down a street I normally do not go down and passed by a homeless man. This man was standing by his cart holding a wool blanket around his waist and as I walked by I noticed he had no shoes.
We greeted, and for a split second I thought of saying, stay warm. Then I thought, I can’t say this to him, he has no shoes! Then I remembered the scripture in James 2:16, “and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and be filled’, and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?”
The reason I bring this up, is the age-old war that goes on in our minds every time we see a need. You know those thoughts, should I get them something? What if they are not there when I return? What if the items don’t fit? What if he sells it for drugs?
A thousand excuses instead of saying, YES LORD! We are constantly praying for God to use us, yet easily come up with many reasons why we shouldn’t when we see a need!
1 John 3:17, “But whoever has the world’s goods, and he beholds his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?” And, yes I took the man shoes and socks and even gave him money.
Father, help us to not have excuses but give speedily whenever we see a need. In the name of Jesus, amen