Monday, March 06, 2006

THE MORE I THINK ABOUT IT....


..... the more uplifted I feel about my experience yesterday with the "bum" who changed my tire. I find myself looking at strangers with curiosity and joy. It's like having had a conversion experience.

Today a man approached me in the Wal-Mart parking lot and said, "Excuse me, ma'am, can you spare a dollar or two so I can get something to eat?" Maybe he's saving up whatever he can scrounge to buy a fifth of Four Roses, but I opened my wallet and gave him two bucks. (It was broad daylight and there were lots of people around.) He thanked me very courteously. I said, "You have a nice day, now, God loves you." His whole face lit up in a wonderful smile and he answered, "Thank you, ma'am, yes He does." And we both went our ways.

Who knows where either of these men were coming from, where they were going, or what they were up to. I can only say they both touched my life. I hope I touched theirs.

6 comments:

TriFeist said...

:)

Rachel said...

Good for you for helping someone else. It's harder and harder in a world where we don't trust our neighbors to give to strangers. I love your running partner. I wish I had one of my own! What breed is he? I'm interested in figuring out which kind of dog is best for running.

Jack said...

Good thoughts! You never really know if people "really" need help or not, but you never will know if you don't take the risk. And every once in awhile you really do make a difference in a person's life, even if you offer only a kind word.

Shelley said...

Bless your heart!!!

Dennis Cesone said...

Bless your heart for being the salt of the earth..

"You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it useful again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. Matthew 5:13

The Lord has commanded us to be openhanded and help the poor and needy.

If you help the poor, you are lending to the LORD – and he will repay you! Proverbs 19:17

Jesus said it is more blessed to give than to received. And I have been a constant example of how you can help the poor by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"
Acts 20;35

When you give to the poor/needy, they will praise the Lord and even pray for you!

From Here to There said...

you did :)