So how many times have you drove by a homeless person and done nothing? I am so guilty of this and I’m pretty good at coming up with a million excuses to why I can’t or shouldn’t give them anything. Today’s post is not meant to guilt you into giving to the homeless and you can bet that there will still be plenty of times I will drive by a homeless person after this post and give them nothing.
However, I’m trying to be more intentional about giving this month and I’m hoping that after this month a good habit of generosity will be formed and I can continue to strengthen it for the rest of my life. Anyway, I know giving to the homeless can be quite the controversial subject and I have found myself getting into the debate as well.
Needless to say, years ago I heard someone talk about how God calls us to give to the poor and as long as we are doing our part, giving, then the rest doesn’t really matter. God doesn’t ask us to give just to help someone else, but He also knows that it changes us too. Anyway, ever since then I’ve never struggled with the concept of giving money to the homeless.
Anyway, I wanted to show you today that you don’t always have to spend a lot of money to do a kind act for someone else. Today I decided to put together some goodie bags for the homeless just using stuff that we weren’t using around the house. Not all of it was new stuff, but we had plenty of extra things that were in good condition that I figure a homeless person might appreciate.
Here’s what I found around our house to put in the homeless care package:
- granola bar
- bottle of grape juice
- toilet paper
- working flashlight
- hot hands
- stocking hat
- new socks
I had Rylan help me pack the bags so as to hopefully develop within him a generous heart. He has been excited to give them away, but of course, we haven’t drove by any homeless people now that we are prepared! One bag is in the van and one bag is in the car and it feels so good to be able to help out the next time we cross a homeless person’s path.
I plan on trying to always have a bag prepared in the van and being more intentional about getting items specifically for the homeless care packages such as water, antibacterial soap, and more packaged foods. It’s amazing though what I was able to find in our house that we didn’t even need! What a blessing it is to be able to give out of the abundance God has given us!
So, I would challenge you today to be more intentional with your giving. It may require you to sacrifice some of your time or money, but I would urge you to listen to the Spirit nudging you to give.
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