September 20, 2014

Question: “Should I give money to people on the street who ask for it?”

james.jpegI received some good questions from a reader on the subject of giving to panhandlers. Here are a few thoughts and responses. I may have more to say in the comments.

Matthew 5:38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. 41 And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42 Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.

1. The Biblical teaching on compassion for the poor, justice and generosity are well-established and crucial for a life of following Jesus.

2. The establishment of deacons and of guidelines for who is a “widow” indicates that the early church was aware of the issues that arise when Christians must make judgments regarding benevolence. I Timothy 5:3 and 5:16 indicate some are “truly” widows and others are not.

3. Paul condemns those who refuse to work, yet still seek to eat. The existence of such verses as 2 Thessalonians 3:10 and 3:12 make it clear that the church knew what a freeloader was. Notice Paul’s defense of himself in 2 Thessalonians 3:8 nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you. Consider the ethical background of that statement: It is wrong to receive support as charity when support from work is possible.

4. I have experienced aggressive, convincing panhandlers in many situations. I have seen many people standing at interstate exit ramps and elsewhere with signs saying they want work. I am as moved by the needs of truly deserving people as anyone, perhaps more so.

5. For several years I did inner city mission projects and worked closely with ministries in inner cities such as Chicago, Boston and Louisville. I learned a lot, and my responses to those people changed as a result.

-Aggressive panhandlers are almost almost professional beggars. Many times they are active and wanted criminals. In the right place with the right approach, they can make several hundred dollars a day. (A seminary class I was in proved this. Students lived on the streets for 24 hours and begged for money and food. The results were amazing.)
-Local police and ministries are almost always familiar with these people. Asking them to come with you to a “Help” Ministry or to a police officer will quickly reveal what is actually going on.
-Aggressive panhandlers have very similar stories involving traveling, ill relatives, hospitals, gas, car repair, being lost, babies, etc.
-Aggressive panhandlers will almost always turn down the invitation to buy them a meal. They insist on quick cash.
-Ministries that deal with this are very clear: Don’t give money to aggressive panhandlers. Report them. They hurt the real work of mercy ministry in a community.

6. Another group of people asking for help will be alcoholics and drug addicts. Again, they almost always insist on cash, and generally will refuse to be taken to a shelter, ministry or police station. It is important not to allow an alcoholic or addict to use Christian compassion to further their addiction. True compassion is to put them in touch with help.

7. Dave Ramsey tells the story of working with his church’s benevolence ministry. They put three guidelines into place for all people asking for financial or food assistance. 1) Work an hour or two at the church. 2) Meet with a member of the church to make out a budget. 3) Attend one church service. Ramsey says that over 95% of persons asking for financial help did not return when these guidelines were given to them. This is a good indicator of the actual makeup of most benevolence requests.

8) If a person does not believe that prudence and wisdom need to accompany generosity, consider this situation: John and Jenny are at the movies. They come out and a panhandler asks for $20 for gas. Jenny gives it to him and they skip dinner together. The next day, Jenny and John are enrolling in college. A panhandler meets Jenny on the steps of the administration building and asks for $2000 to fly to his mother’s funeral in the Solomon Islands. Jenny has the money in her checkbook. Should she write the check?

If not, why not? If prudence and wisdom should come into play with $2000, then it should also come into play with $20.

9) Money given to aggressive panhandlers is money that can’t be given to the truly poor. Go to any ministry that deals with people who are truly poor. They will tell you that almost none of those poor people would be on the streets begging in America today because of the dangers, the criminal element and so forth. Addiction, mental illness, con artists and criminal intent are on most of America’s streets. The truly poor will be known to local shelters, ministries, schools and social workers. There are many opportunities to give to families and children who truly need the money and would never be begging on the streets with a story such as we commonly hear from panhandlers.

10) Every situation of compassion also has elements of wisdom. My son recently asked me for financial assistance to attend a writer’s workshop. I am not going to automatically give him the money in the name of Christian compassion. I am going to be a good steward and a good manager of what God has given me, and ask questions before giving. This is true at every level of giving. I receive hundreds of appeals every year. Dozens of students and missionaries ask for my support. (Many of them make far more than I do!) I am very, very selective about who I give to, and I ask many questions before giving. I believe this is God-honoring, as much as the generosity itself.

11) Jesus’ words are meant to underline the compassion and freedom of the Christian. Our generosity is an important expression of our discipleship. At times, we need to give with much less than perfect knowledge, and at times we need to obey the Spirit as he gives opportunity. But we are also to know the “streets and highways” where we are, and we are not to volunteer to be robbed as a witness. Aggressive panhandlers like Sundays, and they like Christians. We need to give them a dollar, a coupon and a brochure for the local “Help” office. We need to give to the truly needy a gift that will make a difference in their lives.

12) The parallelism of verse 42 is important as “beg” and “borrow” relate to one another. The one who borrows is making a promise to use wisely or even to repay. It is the neighbor in need, not the panhandler, that Jesus has in mind, I believe. The poor are our neighbors, but the person actively seeking to abuse another’s charity elicits a different response.

13) Apply the parenting test. If your child got $50 from grandma, would you tell them to give it to anyone at school who said they needed it? Or would you want some wisdom, prudence and stewardship to follow their compassion?

14) I know I sound like Scrooge, but I really think stewardship is not just pure generosity. Generosity is an essential component, but it needs to be tempered by prudence, wisdom and good judgement.

Comments

  1. urneighbor says:

    I followed this from another site (Gontroppo’s Blog) and would like to say thanks for this great post and all the other comments. It’s where the rubber meets the road. So important for all to read Scripture and pray for the Spirit for power to obey.

    “It’s not for us to judge?
    Send me your life savings. I need it more than you do.
    Don’t judge me. Just love me.
    I’ll go tell the book of Proverbs it’s no longer needed.” Michael Spencer 2007

  2. “Most homeless people aren’t cons, that’s a cop out.” In all fairness, I think we need to distinguish between homeless people and pandhandlers. I don’t think Michael said that most homeless people are cons; he was focusing mainly on pandhandlers who refuse to seek long-term help. He gave ample evidence that those who are in legitimate need or are homeless through no fault of their own will usually be able to find resources to help them without having to beg on the streets.

    I’ve known a homeless couple who essentially chose homelessness as a way of life because they don’t want to work and don’t want to be accountable to anyone. Every time I referred them to a faith-based organization that could help them find employment and a home, they had a different excuse for not availing themselves of this type of help, but they were constantly begging people (friends, churches, family members) for cash. Their main objection to accepting long-term help from these organizations was that they “asked too many questions.” This, of course, is ridiculous. When we go on job interviews or apply for credit cards, etc., we always have to answer questions. It was another excuse to avoid being accountable. Now, this couple is wanted by police for larceny and drug-dealing. The most tragic thing about this is that they have two precious children who are learning how to avoid responsibilty by observing their parents’ behavior and are constantly making excuses for them.

  3. In reply to rmawhorter up there – living in Canada and having had to use the welfare system I can say it does not give a person enough to live on. 3 years ago we received 1059 dollars a month and our rent was 650 before we paid utilities. If you do the math and add in two teenage boys to feed you can see that it was not enough money to live on.

  4. I was one of the “new freshman” in Pittsburgh that Mr. Funky refers to above.

    Over time, I changed from offering cash, to offering food, and hanging out with a guy and talking for a while. There are definitely some people who are happy to receive a sandwich, and I believe are saving it for later, not just to sell to someone else.

    However, the majority of people I run into are not interested in food, but would rather have liquor, cigarettes or cash for who knows what. My wife started carrying extra food with her when she was making routine trips where folks hang out that ask for money – but the food she was taking had to be relatively imperishable, since who knows how long it might hang around in the car, and I thought that wasn’t all that nice of a gift – old food. It does take more time to head to a Subway or convenience store, but I think it is worth it.

    I do ride the bus down Craig St. and Corey is still there, 10 years later. I don’t know if he would rightly be called a “sluggard”, he always accepted food, and would scarf it down, though he did tell various stories from time to time, and forget which story he had told me, so at best, he wasn’t being honest, which I’d rather he tell the truth than make up stuff.

    The guys on the South Side tend to tell the truth – straight up ask for money for a beer, etc. and I guess I respect them for telling the truth, but I am not interested in giving money to someone for alcohol.

  5. “There are those who say to the poor that they seem to look to be in such good health: “You are so lazy! You could work. You are young. You have strong arms.”

    You don’t know that it is God’s pleasure for this poor person to go to you and ask for a handout. You show yourself as speaking against the will of God.

    There are some who say: “Oh, how badly he uses it!” May he do whatever he wants with it! The poor will be judged on the use they have made of their alms, and you will be judged on the very alms that you could have given but haven’t.”

    St. John Vianney

  6. Urbanmonk says:

    I remember quite a few years ago, me and a mate were on a tram and were approached by a pro beggar. My mate, in his youthful zeal for Jesus offered to buy the guy lunch. So we took him to McDonalds and asked him what he wanted. He took my mate for every thing he could. 24 nuggets, large meal, large sundae, apple pie. And my mate obliged. He even admitted to us while we sat with him as he scoffed it all down that he was making about $40 a day. Me, I was cynical and hard hearted. I scoffed at my mate for being so stupid. At the time I thought my mate was learning a lesson about prudence. Now I realise that I was learing a lesson about love. Namely, my lack of it.

  7. re: the comments that can be boiled down to ‘i have money and power, they are asking for some of my money and power, i will decide who i give my money and power to’
    - in what way is this new, fresh thinking that is post modern, post evangelical or in any way emergent. all it does is separate white main stream Amerasians from the rest of the world in the same way the last paradigm did?
    - and to the Canadians who think they represent the country, ask a native person on welfare how far their cheque goes when they pay $12.00 a gallon for milk, $1.00 each for a potato or apple, $10.00 a pound for hamburg, bread is $5.00 a loaf, and you and your family are surviving in a climate that is changing so rapidly, you can’t bring anything in over a snow road anymore because your lake doesn’t freeze anymore until late January, and o, by the way, we just found platinum next door, so you will no longer be trapping, collecting firewood or benefiting in anyway from the land around your home. 600 miles north of the nearest road.
    - read Prov.31 today – don’t wait for next Sunday and see if anything is appropo.

    may God have mercy on our souls.

    Beth
    Baltimore, ON

  8. i said amerasians
    i meant americans
    beth

  9. reesta says:

    The internet monk’s post made me gag. It also explains the churches in my town and their apparent unwillingness to give to the local homeless shelter. That attitude has nothing to do with God and everything to do with thinking like a Pharisee (thank God that I am not like them!)

    The point of grace isn’t that the recipient is worthy – it’s all about the giver of the grace and how much they love. We deserve nothing from God yet He gives us everything. If we are wanting to follow Him then we have to have the same attitude as He does towards the poor. Love them without restraint. Don’t judge them or think you know them or treat them as a “mob” that you think you have all the answers on.

    And who the heck is “more worthy” of eating??? It’s a basic human right – I don’t care if you’ve spent your money on crack – if you are hungry I’m going to give you food. Period. Starving never taught anyone anything except that people don’t care about them and they are worthless. And that’s a lie because the “worst” or “least” of us is who Christ died for.

    This smug Christian attitude so prevalent in North America is what has turned people off the church by the thousands. Distorting scripture by requiring people to attend a church service, or join the church or whatever hoops required of them just robs people already beaten down of what dignity they have left. I know those beggars on the street – I know the other side of them and not one of them would choose that life. They just don’t know that there is anything better or another way and making someone go to church for a meal is not going to show them that – but kindness and seeing them as a person will.

    And yes I work with homeless people and have for 8 years and hope I will for a long time to come. I am also not naive about anything that internet monk stated. I just think he has a weed up his…… that needs to be removed. As does alot of the church today.

    Loving people like Jesus does is risky business and many are just not up to it. This sanctimonious attitude is so disgusting to me. It is so not who God is.

    Internet monk – you must feel that you are such a great person and deserve all that God has given to you. This is what your attitude and apparent understanding about grace says to me. Judgement written all over your post. And no real understanding of how God loves. I feel pity for you.

    And Beth – I agree 110% with you.

    reesta in Canada.

  10. Brian Pendell says:

    Gentles,

    I believe that last comment was uncalled for.

    “The point of grace isn’t that the recipient is worthy – it’s all about the giver of the grace and how much they love.”

    Correct … but not the whole truth.

    There’s a difference between judging someone not worthy and being wise with one’s money. Even Paul said that we don’t simply give without qualifications (2 Thess 3:10). He also set rules for the church to ensure that the truly needy were helped … and in order for that to happen, that meant that other people who were less needy shouldn’t be (1 Timothy 5).

    The thing that bothers me is that we treat “give to everyone who asks you” as a tautology — something that is always true, in all circumstances, regardless of anything else. But it wasn’t done that way in the NT, it hasn’t been done that way at any time in church history. It isn’t done that way today either. You say you have worked with homeless people for 8 years … can you truthfully say that every ministry you work with ALWAYS gives homeless people all sorts of things with no conditions whatsoever?

    The real world is not a platitude. Rarely are the answers concrete black-n-white.

    “And who the heck is “more worthy” of eating??? It’s a basic human right”

    No, it is not. Paul made it clear — eating is conditional on working. No work, no eat.

    “Loving people like Jesus does is risky business and many are just not up to it.”

    Yes, it is. But I’m not convinced that what you’ve described is, in fact, what Jesus would do.

    I’m sorry that this post made you gag … but IMO you are reacting *emotionally* , not rationally. With respect, I suggest that an emotional temper tantrum is no effective answer to a serious problem in the church.

    I agree with you that the smug, sanctimonious judgementalism that wouldn’t give a dime to anyone, ever, is not the heart of God. But I don’t think that’s where Mr. Spencer is.

    And just because there is one error does not mean there’s an opposite error on the other extreme.

    And yes… the homeless issue hits *very* close to home for me. And I do make it a point to give charitably to ease the burden of the poor and suffering in my community and worldwide. It’s just that my charitable giving NEVER EVER involves giving to aggressive panhandlers. There are simply better uses for the money.

    Respectfully,

    Brian P.

  11. Don’t worry Brian. If this guy saw what I make a month, he’d give me all his money. I’m sure of it.

  12. An impassioned post is not the same as an “emotional response”.

    What is dangerous about the last post from Brian P. is the manipulation/misuse of scripture to back up a view that he obviously has about feeding the hungry and who is “worthy” to be helped.

    2 Thessalonians 3 needs to be read in context. It is refering to the early church and believers being an example to the unsaved – essentially “walking the talk”. Nowhere in that passage is Paul advocating that we as Christians are only supposed to “help those that help themselves” – the “bootstrap philosophy” essentially. He was setting the standard for Christian witness – that is NOT the same thing as giving to the poor or not giving to the poor. You can’t just pick out a verse and use it to support a view – many people reading this blog will read that and think “oh the bible says not to…” won’t read further and will go away with wrong teaching. That’s a dreadful thing to have happen on such an important subject.

    1 Timothy 5 – again – this is a passage on believers within the church. Standards for Christians – true believers of Jesus – are much higher than for the secular and always have been. You can’t apply passages written to those within the church to the world in general because they simply are not written to the world – they are written to the church and how to operate within the church.

    I think that the evangelical church today – in whatever state it is in whether post emerging or whatever catch-phrase each group is using today – is responsible in part for the state the world is in today. Most especially the poor, the crime and the drug problem. If we were as believers “going into all the world and making disciples” as the bible commands us to do rather than sitting back in fancy buildings and expecting the world to come to us and condeming them when they do not as a “faithless generation” – I think we would see a huge change in our societies.

    I came here from a blog that I read regularly – “Daily Life in a Homeless Shelter”. I suggest that all of you read RWK’s section on social justice to learn what the true biblical commands on feeding the poor are.

    If we as followers of Jesus got out and spent time with people ourside the church – loved them unconditionally – fed the hungry – wept with the sad – laughed with the happy – and didn’t judge them – we would see huge changes in the fabric of our society. That was the whole point of that passage to “go into the world and make disciples”.

    Christians today are too busy tho debating theology and wanting to be right and judging those who quietly live it to be salt and light. Somehow that has gotten to be unfashionable and unintellectual.

    And how interesting that Mr. Spencer’s only response to my post was to poke fun. And assume that I am a man. Interesting.

  13. Here’s is the link to RWK’s blog: Today at the Mission
    I’m hoping this post will link to it as do the references to scripture. If not – Google it on the Google homepage and you will find Rhymes with Kerouac’s blog. Well worth the read I assure you, especially the section on Social Justice in Scripture.

  14. No, I’m saying that my salary is about $6k below the poverty level. Using the “Don’t ask what is the best kind of compassion” model, I think I can expect Christians to give me at least $6k.

    Sorry for the gender confusion, and humor is legal here.

  15. I’m just curious… has anyone else on this place actually *been* homeless? (I mean, besides me.)

  16. Brian Pendell says:

    Indi,

    Yes.

    Respectfully,

    Brian P.

  17. Brian Pendell says:

    “Nowhere in that passage is Paul advocating that we as Christians are only supposed to “help those that help themselves” – the “bootstrap philosophy” essentially.”

    Reesta,

    At what point in my previous post did I advocate the ‘bootstrap’ philosophy?

    My point was and is: Being compassionate towards the poor is not the same as unconditional giving in every circumstance.

    And I *might* go into details about what I’ve been through and what I’ve done for other poor people in my time, but I take seriously the bit about ‘not letting the right hand know what the left hand is doing’.

    I frankly resent it when people take the moral high ground in these discussions by describing all the things they do for the poor. Not all of us like to advertise or boast about our deeds in public.

    As towards the “bootstrap” philosophy, I would point you to 2 Cor 8:13-15 ..

    “Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. 14At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. Then there will be equality, 15as it is written: “He who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little did not have too little.””

    ====
    In other words, in the ideal case charity is to lift people off the ground and give them a starting chance, NOT to continually provide people with the ability to remain idle at other’s expense. Absolutely we should reach out to the poor, the weak, the lost, and the sick, and do our best to help them.

    And if that help isn’t *also* accompanied by providing them with the tools so that they can eventually outgrow our help … and sometimes with a swift kick in the posterior to move them in that direction … then our help is a hindrance to them.

    I have been below the poverty level. I have … if only for the briefest of times… been homeless myself. I have never been ashamed to accept help when it was offered, and I was grateful for it.

    But I didn’t want to *stay* in the position of being dependent on someone else’s financial help. I wanted to do well enough to bless others.

    It is at this point I expect you to start complaining about me being an evil ol’ Christian more suited to debate theology rather than helping the sick, the poor and what not.

    I am NOT going to discuss what I do here. I don’t care for boasting. I also work to heal the sick, clothe the needy, feed the hungry, and love the poor. It’s just that somehow I can find ways to do all these things that do NOT involve giving to panhandlers. In my experience, that is counter-productive and it can be dangerous.

    Respectfully,

    Brian P.

  18. Some good points, but I wonder here comes that tornado or tsunami wave, “mother nature” will not care if one is the panhandler, criminal, GWB, Bill Gates…

    Some panhandlers are not homeless people, many homeless people do work, people with mental and physical disorders often can not work, many homeless became thus because they were victims of abuse as children, many became addicted to alcohol or drugs after facing the horrors of war (one man’s wife and 3 month old driver were killed by a drunk driver and alcohol is how he dealt with the pain), one disabled man in a wheel chair cashed in his panhandling change ($90. some dollars) and I watched as he was picked up and overheard the discussion. He was not homeless, had income, and was “working” people. The Bible tells us: Judge not lest ye be judged”. Let your heart be your guide.

  19. I believe you are taking “Judge not” somewhat out of context. If your view s correct, then why are there hundreds of verses and whole books like Proverbs telling us to use wisdom in discernment, recommending prudence, condemning the “simple,” etc.?

    “Judge not” means “Don’t play God in making judgements,” but do you really think a parent is supposed to tell their daughter, “Now don’t judge any boy who tells you his troubles. Just follow your heart”?

    I’m afraid this post has a lot of commenters who can’t get the value of prudence and wisdom when combined with compassion. When your son asks for bread do you give him a stone? If he asks for a snake do you give him one? Does God answer all out prayers without judgement or discernment?

    Compassion is doing the mosthelpful thing and the most loving thing, not doing what makes someone feel good at the moment.

  20. An excellent, God-honoring approach to the urban Christian’s daily dilemma.

  21. OleFossil says:

    Michael, kudos for your insight on this complicated issue!

    As one who twice in her life has been something of a “transient” for up to 5 months @ a time (due to chronic illness, not malingering), I know that it might be possible for someone innocently to wind up in the downward spiral of poverty.

    That said, though, a woman from church who for several years worked as one of the founders of a women’s shelter told us that in most cases, people who have been out on the streets for longer than 3 months WANT to be there.

    I learned the truth of this in 2000, when I myself took pity on a 52-year old who had been homeless for 12 years. Very soon, it became clear that she was that way by choice: her life had been a series of not seeing things thru to their end (full scholarship for physics in college; dropped it after 3 years to focus on a piano major instead; dropped that, too, after 2-3 years).

    At the time I brought her into my home, she was involved—for the 3rd or 4th time—in a state-funded welding course, which she never completed bec. of her laziness. Here was a very intelligent, articulate, educated drug-free woman, who could type well to boot, but her refusal to live responsibly and disciplinedly was the root of her homelessness. When I finally point-blank confronted her about this, she whined about how her mother had never taught her any discipline!!!

  22. Erin D. says:

    Thank you so much for giving me information on this topic. I am writting a reserch paper on poverty in America, and this subgect in particular, is an important one that most Americans forget if they’re visiting a city that is populated with street beggers. Thank you again.

  23. Hi Jim. Photos i received. Thanks

  24. Jesus said keep his words, so I am not interested in what Paul says. Especially since it was mary of Magdala who was supposed to lead. But he says repeatedly to give, not to judge. That’s God’s job. But when he fed the multitude He fed them, before he taught them. Now you all talk about pan handlers or homeless, I went in prayer to God for help and he sent me to His people in the churches and charities and they all turned us away.
    Right now I have no vehicle or funds to get one and I need to move my few possessions 250 miles. But there is no help. I gladly give to whomever is in front of me as my faith is in God to replenish my supply. All money really is is a tool. Yet we have no real faith in God for our supply only in our jobs. Funny even Jesus said, “labor not for the meat that perisheth” Maybe because he knew all of our supply comes straight from Spirit. Most people today clutch their money with fear. It has nothing to do with wise stewardship.

  25. This was helpful, well written and makes sense.

  26. I am doing a research project and my topic is, Should society take more responsibility for homeless people? If there are any recommendations on interviews or articles that i should look at please let me know.

  27. I keep coming back to this post and have recently begun getting personally involved with such situations (talking with homeless people, others asking for money). Thanks for speaking truth into the issue. I’m sure your and others’ comments on the subject will continue to prove useful.

  28. I was a very giving/sharing person at an extremely young age, around 5 or 6 years old and frankly had no clue as to why I was this way.

    I can remember at such a young age, living in the southern part of Mississippi, there used to be an old man (with a long gray beard, rugged looking), that I would see walking along the side of the highway in front of my parents house. He would go for walks frequently, as he lived about a mile from my residence. I would often call the man to the fence and talk with him. One day, I knew that Mom had just made a lemon pie. I saw the man was nearing the front of my residence and I quickly went in side the house and ask Mom if she would give me a slice of pie, so that I could give it to the old man. She then gave me a slice of pie and I ran out of the house and as nearing the fence, I called the old man over and gave him the slice of pie. He ate the pie and handed me back the saucer and gave much thanks. Years later, I found out the old man had passed away and I also found out that this man, although he lived in a shack… he was worth millions of dollars.

    Another time as I was much older, around the age of 18, I used to frequent a local fast food diner that served fried chicken. By this time, I had moved from my mother and fathers home and started renting a room for $15.00 a week in town, while working at a grocery store during the day. I would often visit the local diner after work. On one particular day, I ordered some chicken and was sitting at a table eating the food, while an older man walked in and approached the order window and ask to order some food. I then saw him reach into his pocket and he pulled out some small change. James told this man he did not have enough of money to buy any food. Before I finished eating, I got up and told the man to come with me, that I would bring him to my room and fix him some sandwiches, so that he could eat (I had a small dorm refridgerator). We got to my room, I fixed him the sandwiches and gave him a glass of milk, he ate and drank and then he offered me the small change he had in his pocket. I refused his money and told him to hang on to it, that he may need it one day. He said thanks, that God would look out for me, for doing a good deed. He also said he was passing through town, hitch hiking to Florida. We said our goodbyes and I thought that was that. The next day I went back to the local diner. As soon as I entered, James asked me, did you bring that old man to your room and feed him and I said yes I did, the old man told me he was passing through town hitch hiking to Florida. James started laughing and said, that old man has been in this town for over 10 years, that he is not passing through this town, nor hitch hiking to Florida. I told James, that did not matter to me, that I was happy to have helped the old man anyway. I also knew that James would throw away lots of left over fried chicken at the end of the night and that James could have feed the old man with out any real loss.

    Years later, I found myself in need. I needed $200.00, my car was broke down, so I walked to a store to the pay phone to call my uncle to see if he could loan me the money. At the time, I did not have phone service at my home. My aunt answered the phone and told me that my uncle was not in, that I could try calling back the next day. The next day I was on my way to the store walking on the side of the road. I always would look towards the ground when walking. About midway to the store, I noticed a 100 dollar bill folded in half on the ground. I reached down and picked it up and put it in my pocket. Just by chance I looked back down again and saw another 100 dollar bill folded in half on the ground. I also put that in my pocket and returned to my home. I received what I needed without ever having to call my uncle back to ask for $200.00. The Lord does work in mysterious ways and I was greatful.

    I do believe that if we were to all share with one another, then there would be no real need from others. And that we would then know, who was not in need.

    Many of us often judge other people, while at the same time, we’ve not walked in there shoes.

  29. Respected Sir/Mam
    This is neetu jangra,i m 20 years old ,i m left handed handicapped,we r 4 membersin my family,my mother is very ill,i need 50,000Rs for her treatment,i dont have money for her treatment,i m the elder in my family,today my mother is series,i need the money urgently,nobody is there for my help ,so plz help me today,money can save a life,i will that money very soon,i hope u will give me a possitive response,so plz help me,it is the matter to save a life,i m waiting for your response.plz think about that,plz try to trust me,i m sending my bank details.
    NEETU JANGRA
    ICICI BANK
    ACCOUNT NO.–000701596000
    BRANCH—CONNAUGHT PLACE
    NEW DELHI
    INDIA

  30. chris brown is not an abuser

  31. Someone get this feeble theologian help…..He is NOT truth telling, not taking care of his health–emotional….or other. Prayers for Scot McKnight at the table….are needed desperately. Controlling….and unsettled he IS because of great discontentments in his marriage…and controlling….miss Rahab — continually.

    There….small prayers for a man who loves miss Rahab to much… very much!

    hummmmmmm………….there

    Now!!! Good Day! Of to my Prince at The Bank….blah, blah, blah…