I do believe that the occasional homeless person we encounter is a test from God.
This morning as I was riding the red line a homeless person entered the car, held out his hat and went around to people hoping to get some amount of money.
Earlier in the morning I had been reading a chapter of “The Purpose Driven Life” where it said that one of the key things we need to do as followers of Christ is to love one another. That putting out love is one of the things that pleases God the most.
Having been inspired by what I read I decided to go into my wallet to see if I had some dollar bills.
When I opened it though I found I had two fives.
I’ll admit there was a little bit of hesitation to give out a five, it was more than I usually gave.
In that moment of hesitation the following things flashed through my head…
- My incredibly loving, strong, supportive and all around wonderful fiancee’
- My awesome and very healthy 14 (soon to be 15) year old son and 7 year old future step-daughter
- My amazing friends who have seen me through so much and stuck around no matter what
- My loving family, current and future
- My really great job that I’ve been blessed to have for so long with such a good company
- The many things I am fortunate to have as a result of that job…a roof over my head, healthy food, nice clothing, vacations, evenings out, a car and all the wonderful tech gadgets I get to play with
It was then that I very happily pulled out the five dollar bill and placed it in his hat.
Seriously…what is $5 compared to everything that I have? It’s nothing.
The homeless man said thank you, started to walk away and then looked down in his hat. I could see the surprise that came over his face when he realized I hadn’t tossed a dollar bill, it was more than that.
He then turned back around to me and said thank you many more times. He told me that I was a great person and that God would not only reward me in heaven, but had a wonderful place for me there. He then thanked me many more times and said “God bless you!” as he walked away.
For the incredibly small amount of $5 I not only helped someone out, I made his day. I reaffirmed his faith that there are still good people out there that care and demonstrated to God how DEEPLY THANKFUL I am for what I have.
That was the best $5 I’ve ever spent!