Not Overthinking My Giving
August 10, 2017 5:24pm CST
Today, as I was filling up my gas tank after just getting a car wash, a woman walked up to me. She started explaining her situation, asking if I could help her with at least a gallon of gas to get to where she's going. Then she brought up her six year old child. Then I noticed a man walking with her six year old child into the gas station. I didn't judge. I just gave. I actually believe I "over gave", because she asked for about 3 bucks. I gave her a 5 dollar bill. She seemed grateful in essence. But I still didn't want to judge, I just wanted to help. My residual thoughts about giving to her situation though is this: Why help a family that has a man around that looks capable of working for income, and because I seen her talking to someone else, I wondered if she was asking for money. I asked God to bless her situation. But then I thought about my own situation. God is blessing me with work, and I've needed help with gas money, more than once. All that to say: judge not, because I've needed help too. Even when something doesnt add up visually, it's best to just release and let go what I had in my heart to give and keep moving forward and upward.
4 people like this
• St. Catharines, Ontario
That was kind of you. The man may be out of work, or not a family member at all, just a friend. He could have been taking the child to the washroom, not necessarily wanting to buy something. There's all kinds of explanations.
• United States
You are so right about this. Let a man walk in another mans shoes before one judges him. Appearances do not always fit the real story. I admire you for opening your heart and wallet. I hope you also will be blessed in your work.
• Marion, Kansas
I like that you did not let doubt rob you of the blessing of giving. A comment on the able bodied man is that he may LOOK capable of working but there are unseen disabilities. My able looking neighbor has had two health issues this summer that have really kept him from working, so he watched the kids. I will say, thank goodness, this woman was not leaving her six year old chilc unattended.