Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back. And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. Luke 6:30-31
I have asked Gary to give me cash so that as I walk the streets of Orlando when I am approached by a homeless person, I have something to give. It is rare for me to carry cash so when we go out now, Gary gives me the ones so I have something to give to those who ask of me. I have given my protein bars, bottles of water and bags of nuts when I had no cash.
What about all the charities that call on the phone? What about the needs at church for the building fund, Catholic Relief, Retirement funds for the religious, Bishops Appeal, Catholic Charities, and the list seems to be endless. We have always resolved to say yes, even if it is a small amount because of this verse. We have never been hungry or homeless. God has taken care of our needs.
It is interesting that the next line is the “Golden Rule.” Jesus gives me food for thought about what I want folks to do TO ME! Do I want to turn around and do TO THEM! Having this as a basis for all relationships or even elevating it to the “Platinum Rule”. Establishing heaven on earth where everyone thought and acted in the best interest of the other. It would indeed be a whole new world!
Lord, help me to say YES! To give generously and know that I am only returning or sharing what You have entrusted to me. Living a life of giving and sharing is living a life of grace.