For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me (Matt 25:35)
THE SITUATION …
How often have you pulled up to a red light and seen a person standing there holding a sign?
“Will work for food,” the sign said. Or “Homeless vet in need of a meal.” Or maybe some other heart-rending message is scribbled on their sign.
YOUR RESPONSE …
How did you respond? Did you immediately pull out your wallet and whip out a twenty ($20 bill) to help that poor soul? Or did you think something else like …
“That’s probably a crackhead or a wino hoping to get a few bucks for another hit!”
“I just wish these people would get a job like the rest of us and do something productive for the community!”
“I wish I could help, but I’m not sure what to do for that guy”?
If you’re like the rest of us, most of the time you hoped the light would change quickly so you did not actually have to deal with this situation. And when it did change quickly, you probably pressed the gas pedal and said something like, “Thank you, Jesus!”
The truth is, most of us really do want to help people in need. But we don’t have a personal strategy telling us what to do or how to do it. That’s why we started the “Reach One Bags” apostolate (ministry).
“Reach for the bag … reach it out the window … to reach one for Jesus!”