can you finish either of these stories?

A man on the side of the road has a sign that says he and his family need help. I stop by to talk with him, and ask what his story is - "Perhaps I can bring some food by wherever you're living?" I ask.

"I live in Parma," he says, blowing the smoke from his cigarette in my face.

Parma? That's at least a half hour away toward Cleveland.

"What's your family situation?"

He takes another drag of his cigarette. "A wife and four kids. The police won't let me ask for help there. You can put the food in my car, though. I mean, my friend's car. He loaned it to me and told me I should come down here to ask for help."


A single mom is working around the clock to make ends meet, let alone figure out where they begin. She receives no child support, but has chosen to not let that embitter her toward the world.

She knows she needs help, but doesn't want to be a burden to anyone. So she's pouring herself into her job, picking up extra shifts, and trying to walk through this season with seasoning.

This Christmas is going to be tighter than the rest.

Tighter?  Try non-existent when it comes to giving any tangible gifts to her kids.

That is, until...


Both of these stories are true, and I know the ending. 

The bigger question is... do you?
Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” (Luke 14:12-14)

If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. (1 Corinthians 13:3)

1 comment:

  1. Ahh...

    So it comes down to love, right?

    With the first man, it is being willing to walk with him through this, to trust him. For the second woman, it is being willing to walk with her through this, to trust her.

    But to even think about doing this I really need a lot of love or else I would burn out so quickly.

    To end this verbal process, then: Allow Jesus' love to fill us up to the point where we truly desire to fulfill Luke 14, which sort of takes care of 1 Corinthians.

    I just hope I can really recieve so much love that it can actually overflow into fulfillment of Jesus' Kingdom Lifestyle. It's discouraging so often just how distracted I am and how unfulfilled I am by Him which keeps me from being able to love like that.