To Give or Not To Give

And he answered them,
“Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none,
and whoever has food is to do likewise.”
Luke 3:11

My own response to those who need has changed over the years.  When we didn’t have much and were raising three children, the first question was whether we could feed, house, and care for our children. We were always able to do that, but we didn’t always know that we would be able to do that. After that: would the money I did have to give be used well?  I still ask that of an organization that wants my money. They need to show me that most of my money–almost all of my money–will reach those for whom it is intended.

Here’s what’s changed.  These days when I meet someone begging for help, if I have money in my wallet, I give it to them.  Period.  I used to think that I needed to decide if they would use it well.  I don’t have that kind of power.  I do have the power of two things:  giving and honoring human dignity.  Beyond that, I am not responsible for what becomes of money I freely choose to give.

Two tunics.  Food.  Cash in my wallet.  Share.  Jesus said.

Bob Patrick