Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. – 2 Corinthians 9:7 (NIV)
I try to walk about five days a week. It’s my alone time. It’s my time to get away from the computer, breathe some fresh air, exercise a little, listen to some Christian music, and pray.
Sometimes going for a walk can be profitable. Several times I’ve found money while out for my walk. I live in Montana where the wind blows regularly, so I think that means that paper money may “escape” from wallets, purses, and hands more often. Chain link fences are great spots to “catch” the paper money that has blown all across the fruited plains.
The other day I made a big catch – I found a five dollar bill caught on a piece of grass near a chain link fence. I’ve found dollars near the same spot, so I now consider that spot my bank!
I was feeling pretty good about the treasure I found, but I guess God had other plans. My walk takes me past an area where once in a while homeless people stand and hold signs with messages printed on them asking for money.
I’ve had feelings or thoughts that God was telling me to do certain things before, so when this little voice inside of me told me to walk over to the guy and give him my newly-obtained five dollars, I kind of grumbled and argued in my mind, but I obeyed.
The message on the cardboard sign said that he needed money so he could eat.
So he received money for a meal that day, and I felt good about giving it to him.
We both won.
Some people are reluctant to give money to homeless people standing on a corner. I don’t normally do it, but if you feel God is telling you to give, then by all means give. You’re doing what you were told to do. What the people receiving the donation do with it is between them and God. You did your part – you obeyed God.
Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done. – Proverbs 19:17 (NIV)