Living in New York City, I come across at least three individuals asking for money, and as much as I wish I could help, it isn’t always doable. Many of us no longer carry cash, and most of us know the money will not go to good use. If a person is asking for money for food, and you can provide them with food, please do so. However, I would be careful to give cash because of the possibility it would only aid in worsening their condition. (If you have ever taken the NYC Subway, you may have seen firsthand what I mean.)
There are many less fortunate people in the world for varying reasons. Some fell on hard times and were unable to get back up. Others succumbed to their vices and chose that life. Regardless of the why, we should try and help if we can. Many of us have been blessed in abundance and can spare more than we think. Whether we can help monetarily or with resources, we should have the heart to do it gladly.
“Lord, today I pray for the less fortunate. May we be kind, and caring toward them, helping whenever possible. May we be discerning when to help and when it would be wise to keep our distance. I pray for the mental state of many out in the streets. I see them daily, and it is a difficult sight. Let me remember that they are made in your image, regardless of their behavior. I pray those who are seeking to better themselves find their way and that Your will be done. Thank you, and I pray this in Jesus’ name, amen.”
“Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him.”Proverbs 14:31
“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.”Acts 20:35
SDG – “Soli Deo Gloria”