Doing good things enriches the soul. – Dustin James
There was a young lady standing by the roadside in 10 degree weather. She was holding a sign that said “Homeless – anything helps.” Dustin was prompted to go to a nearby Dunkin’ Donuts to buy her a cup of coffee. He said the look on her face was priceless.
Each one of us is God’s special work of art… a painting like no other in all of time. – Joni Earreckson Tada
The Bible tells us that we may be entertaining angels unaware. How many times do we cross paths with angels, but miss the opportunity to entertain them because we are too self-absorbed or think we have no time? We’ve all seen people standing by the side of the road with signs. We’re scared to stop or to get involved because there really are some evil people in the world who use that as a rouse to attract others for their own evil purposes.
The conversation goes like this… “I’d help, but if you give them money, they’ll just go buy cigs or booze or something like that.” That sounds weak to me.
There are smart ways to help others…
If I’m impressed to meet a need, I make sure my husband is close by and I don’t give anyone cash. I ask what the need is – if it’s a meal, I’ll buy it – if it’s gasoline for their car, I’ll buy it. That’s how we give – we provide the need at hand to help them along their way.
Sometimes the person isn’t standing there with a sign. One Thanksgiving we were at a restaurant. When the waitress came to take our order, I felt a nudging from God’s Holy Spirit. I didn’t know what her issue was, but God did and that’s all that matters. We’ll never know if what we did helped, but we trust that God helped her through her issues.
When God’s Holy Spirit impresses on you to act – you act – it’s as simple as that. I believe that He guides me quite literally through my life and lets me know when I need to help someone – and He also lets me know when I need to walk away from someone. God’s Spirit keeps me safe and helps me live the kind of life that is pleasing to Him. I don’t apologize for my lifestyle. I believe it’s the best life a person can choose to live.
I was so encouraged when I read Dustin’s story today. I pray that we all stop to see the signs that others are holding up – whether they are literally holding a sign up or not. May we be more sensitive to the leading of God’s Holy Spirit in 2016. ❤