This morning I was presented with a situation that really tested whether I practiced what I preached. As I was getting in my car at McD's, an older man came up to me to ask whether I could spare $.40. There were other people around so I didn't feel in danger or anything but I acted as if I didn't hear him and got in my car.
However, the whole time I was backing out, I could feel the guilt. What if he was homeless? What if he had mental issues? What if he was a vet? I had just decided to dig out $.50 and hand it to him when he approached another gentlemen and that man gave him money and talked with him.
As I pulled out onto the highway, I immediately started praying for forgiveness. I could have spared the money. Heck, I could have bought him breakfast and not "felt" it. So why did I not? Why did I freeze up?
I'm not a big fan of panhandlers/street beggars. While living in Baton Rouge for 2 years, I dealt with them quite a bit. However, you don't see them often in Woodward and especially not at McDonalds. When I left, the verse "Whatever you did for the least of these, you did for me." kept running through my head. You could tell by the way he was dressed and by his clothing that this man was one of "the least of these". And I, by ignoring his request, failed miserably at doing for the least of these.
It's easy to talk about caring for those less fortunate and even easy to donate clothing and /or money for those causes. Doing is sometimes another thing altogether. I just hope that next time, I follow the Holy Spirit's lead instead of running the other direction.