The other day I was approached by (I assume) a homeless man asking for money. I rarely have cash but happened to have some that day so I felt compelled to give him $5. Someone with me made a comment like “ya we know what he’s going to do with that!” And it was said in a not so nice way.
I understand that thinking and I’ve struggled with it myself. But at the end of the day, I don’t know his story and I don’t need to. I’m just called to help others in need, not just with my money but with compassion as well.
The beggar is an opportunity for me
To offer my help to a person in need
Will I glance away pretending not to see
Assume the worst and count him undeserving?
Or will I give simply because he is in need
No judgement or condemnation, no expectation
Just help for a man life has knocked to his knees
Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
Just when I think I’ve found the right to judge
The right to hate, not forgive and not budge
You pull me aside and remind me of my sin
You remind me of your love and the grace You keep me in
1 Corinthians 13:2
If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
When I feel led by You
I have to follow through
Despite what others may say
It may sound foolish
The path I choose
But I’m following it anyway
I won’t do this perfectly
I’ll deny You
and I’ll fall
But this is the way
I want to go
This path is worth it all
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
And when I looked
And saw my reflection
It broke me to the core
But that brokenness
Has driven me
To become so much more
As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
And turn my heart to You
Take the dull
Turn it into something new
Focus my eyes to see the glitter
Instead of dross, see gold
Incline my heart to see goodness
The beauty in others, behold
This ache will dull in time
I will just keep taking it day by day
And trust the wound you’ve left
Will one day go away
It may take longer than I want
It may not be today
But down the road I’ll find healing
As I keep taking it day by day
So tricky, so delicate, this path of life.
Walk carefully yet dive in boldly.
There is a balance to be discovered
as we face each new day.
Loving others with caution
yet reckless abandon
is by far the best way.
To embrace hopes and dreams
despite the risk they pose,
to daydream and take chances
on outcomes still unknown.
This is life.
yet always grateful
for each new breath.