My Grandma ‘Zelle would always give a little something to every organization who ever solicited her (ie: the Red Cross, American Heart, etc..) I’m beyond convinced she based this philosophy on a biblical truth… I wish I would have quizzed her about this practice when given the chance. It always impressed me ‘How she lived her faith like that!’ Its very easy to say no to a piece of mail!?
In my own way, I’ve tried to live by her example of giving when asked by a stranger. The only exception? When I don’t feel safe doing so. Then, and when I have nothing on me to give… But even then, I give a smile and wave. It costs NOTHING to look someone in the eye and tell them “You’re NOT invisible and you are worthy to be known!” Our commission is not to ask… to assess… to judge. Ours is simply to live by faith and give love, freely. Without asking. Without assessing. Without judging.
For every bad apple I’ve encountered, out of the ashes, have risen DOZENS of heartwarming, candycane and christmas-card yielding sellers of homeless news! The pure JOY emininating from these domestic wanderers while spreading Christmas cheer NEVER fails to bring a tear to my eye reminding me of the true reason for the season, the arrival of God’s great news! The GREATEST gift wrapped in swaddling clothes…. LOVE pressed down and pouring out. The Messiah. The King of Kings. The CHRIST child!
In the wake of 2014, I challenged myself and others ‘To be so FULL of Christ’s love, I couldn’t fathom speaking an unkind word or doing an unkind deed.” This holiday season, as I begin to mark the year’s end to ‘the Love Challenge,’ I’d like to reissue my challenge to include:
“Not only to be so full of Christ’s love, but His love in me pouring out, shining bright for ALL to see.”
Will you join me!? No matter the creed… Accepting others at face value. Giving love, freely. Simply, because we’ve been asked by the Heavenky Father. The lesson my grandmother taught me. Oh, how this world needs to see… to BELIEVE!
As I have loved you, so must you LOVE one another. By this, everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. John 13:34-35
*Not wanting to be caught off-guard empty-handed, last year during the holidays, I kept $5.00 gift cards to McDonalds (Not the healthiest, I know. But they are located – everywhere.) to present to my merry band of homeless news carriers. I even encountered a cheery seller of news while celebrating the season in NYC. And although I had no dollars to buy a paper, I did have one $5.00 gift card left… to give.