28 may 15
she extends her hand to the poor; and she stretches out her hands to the needy
i am genrous to those who don’t have
this one is sometimes difficult because i think of the panhandlers and homeless people we see all over since we live in a warm climate. for a long time i just ignored them. then i would give out of guilt. for a while (pre husband and kids years) i kept water and snack kits in my car. and there are times that i would buy extra when i saw someone on my way to a drive-thru. and i have gone back and forth about whether to give money or not give money…i normally just try to take it on a case by case basis and pray about what i can and should do.
i don’t know – because i also think of the spiritually needy. and victims of trafficking. and people who have honestly just had a hard life. and the needy are everywhere. and i always struggle with what is enough? not that i am thinking that i do enough, but there are times i could pour myself out and have nothing left, which might or might not be God’s will for me. so even though this might seem a bit simplistic, i can only say that i have found that i need to be in constant conversation with the Holy Spirit to know where and when to help. and then move forward.
God, please teach me to be generous. to raise grateful and generous children. and to teach them from example.