Has a stranger ever asked you for help? If so, what was your response? Having the resources, did you freely give no-questions-asked, or were you able to help, but refused due to inner prejudices? Would you have given if the person was of the same race as you? Shouldn’t the possibility that the person may actually be in need make you want to do all you can to help?
Big cities differ from small cities/towns in daily experiences. For those of you who live in a big city, you may have encountered several times whereby a stranger has asked for help. Each time this has happened to me, and I had the resources to help, I gave cheerfully. I even started putting money to the side to give in case someone asked. I thought it was good to be prepared with giving, so that I could quickly give when asked. For those who live in smaller communities, you may not encounter this often, but it can be worthwhile to be ready, in the event someone does ask.
My husband and I love to give to those who are in need and who happen to come across our path. It is important to us to give to those who ask. We personally believe, that all that we have is not to be stored up for our personal ambitions, but to be used to help others. As a result, we gladly give to those who ask us for assistance if we have the resources to do so.
We understand that not all askers, are legitimate in their claim; however, if the asker is a con-artist, he will be held accountable for his actions just as the person was asked will be held accountable for not giving to someone who asked for help. It is very humbling for one to ask for help. Many people refrain from asking unless they are actually in need; however, if we feel reluctant to give, we don’t, but we assess our heart to make sure no evil is present preventing us from giving perfectly (See 2 Corin. 9:7). In general, our society is conditioned to say a quick no to those who ask for help, but think about it, if you were in need and you asked someone for help, how would you want to be treated?
Please share your experiences giving to strangers who have asked for help. We would like to hear your thoughts.
The Carr Family. © 11/02/17.
“Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again.” ~Luke 6:30.
“Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.” ~Proverbs 3:27.