When ever I see people standing on the side of the street with signs, it makes me horribly sad. These people are always holding signs saying “Please Help!!” “Food and water needed”!! In my eyes, I see people that need help, but it seems they are not willing to work for it. There are places for people to go, like the homeless shelter, or Red Cross. (I think that’s one lol) A lot places like the homeless shelters will say, even beg, people NOT to give them money. Even though it is a nature and it is what God wants us to do, it’s a bad habit and can even be dangerous for you or the person. One day I was with my friend and her mother, we were driving to someplace like Hobby Lobby or somewhere like that, and we saw this guy standing on the side of the street, ragged clothes, slightly dirty, but had nice shoes and had a backpack on his back that we recognized from a very expensive store. He was holding a sign that said “Please help, need for for my children and pregnant wife back home”. “Anything will help”. As the car got silent as we drove by him, my friend’s mother said “We’re going to make a quick trip into Dollar Tree”. As we came out with a bag of food, with bread, jelly and peanut butter, we knew who we were giving it to. As we drove up closer to the end of the street the man was standing on, my friend’s mother took out $5.00 out of her purse. She got out of the car and approached the man, she handed him the bag of food and the money. He said “This money is too much, I can’t take it!” My friend’s mother said “Take it, and God bless you”. The man took both and walked away. As we all watched him walk away, the most disappointing thing happened. We sat there and watched the man walk into the tobacco store. He came out with another bag, probably filled with cigarettes. As we drove away confused that day, we didn’t really speak for awhile. All I can say is please just pray for these people. I am not saying this in a mean way, but it’s true.
But maybe there are other ways we can help those in need. (Here some examples)
- donate money to homeless shelters so they can buy what is needed
- help serve at a soup kitchen
- help at places like Goodwill, or even at a local church help with a service called Baby Corner, where mothers or fathers can come and get supplies they need for their unborn or born baby
- sometimes a smile and a kind word go the greatest distance
Verse of the day: “Wealth adds many friends, But a poor man is separated from his friend”. Proverbs 19:4
Thank You, have a wonderful day and walk with the Lord