This is the story of how I came up within Giving Dollars! I can't wait to share it with you, but I also want to share the story of Giving Dollars with you.
How many of you remember this man from Bruce Almighty? In the beginning of the movie wasn't he just always in the best spot to watch Bruce's demise? Then later on we see him being bullied by some "thugs" and we all know of news reports where the homeless have indeed been targeted in crimes, so our heart opens up a little. Then as the movie comes to a close you see that he is indeed Morgan Freeman's God character.
So this got me thinking and of course, just as I had really felt this speaking to me, Matthew West releases this beautiful song called Do Something and if you haven't heard it, you should go listen (that's why i've provided the link) :)
So now that you've heard that, I want you to focus on specific phrases:
So, I shook my fist at Heaven
Said, “God, why don’t You do something?”
He said, “I did, I created you”
Live like angels of apathy who tell ourselves
It’s alright, “somebody else will do something”
If not us, then who
If not me and you
It’s not enough to do nothing
It’s time for us to do something
Did I make my thoughts clear?? It's not up to the church to do something, you don't have to wait for that money to trickle down. So now it's time to get to the giving dollars.
This plays out the easiest when we talk about the homeless or pan handlers who stand on the side of our street corners and interstates. How often have you looked at them and wondered (especially if you've seen the same person more then once) what they actually spend the money on? How about this thought "they're just too lazy to get a real job." Now I don't know about you but last time I checked, I've had lazy moments too, I've had moments where going to work just didn't seem like a fun thing to do, but I go. But what if you couldn't? What if because of a prior conviction, or a medical reason (ptsd, depression, anxiety, narcolepsy, etc) you could not work? What if you are trying to find a job to feed your children but can't because of the hours you need to work? What then? Well if I had hungry mouths to feed you'd bet your bottom I'd be out on a corner asking for money too. It' beats standing on a corner selling things.
So all I'm asking is the next time you have a spare $1 in your pocket (because really, what can you buy with $1?) and you see a person on the corner, try not to judge them. Just don't judge them.
I'm going to say the obvious thing that a lot of Christians tend to forget, it's not our job to judge. In fact the man we put everything on the line for, calls us desperately to LOVE THEM. He sat with addicts and all manner of hurting people and loved them.
If you can and if you have a way how about you pull over and ask them if they could do some handy work for you? How about instead of judgement over why they can't work a normal job or how lazy they are put your real heart out there, stand the chance that you'll come across someone who's just in it for the money, but offer a job for them.
Let's play the OR game again
I'll contend that some of you will be really against giving them money, and instead would prefer to know it's going to a good place. So everytime you see someone and you have a dollar, tuck it away somewhere special, and then when you've accumlated enough pass it on to the charity of your choice!
Giving Dollars is all about just giving what you might not need to people who might in fact benefit from the $1 mcdonalds drink, candybar, or lottery ticket you might have bought.
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