“Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, ‘Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?” — James 2:15-16

Have you ever driven up to an intersection, and noticed a homeless person on the corner? Have you ever tried to avoid making eye contact with them? I have.

The other day I drove up to a very busy intersection and noticed the typical scraggly faced man sitting on a backpack. His sign was simple: “Homeless. Need food. God Bless.” I wanted to help him, but I knew that I didn’t have the time. Yes, I could have given him money, but I made a commitment never to do that. (Instead, I like to either A) take them out to eat or B) pick up food for them.) On that day, I didn’t have time to go buy food because I had a meeting to get to. So instead, I tried to avoid eye contact…

But then it happened…he looked at me, I looked at him, and I smiled and waved. Yep, I did it — I waved to a guy who needed food, but I didn’t give him any food. I committed the modern version of what James is talking about in James 2:15-16. Someone needed help, but I didn’t help them. Instead, I used a simple hand gesture to wish the guy a good day.

Don’t be like me, and wish people a good day without helping them. Take time to help the people who need help.

What scenarios can you think of where someone needs help and yet we avoid helping them? Comment below and continue the discussion…

 

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