How many times have you seen someone on a street holding a sign, asking for help? Personally, I can’t count the number. On the rare occasion I have food or money on hand, we have tried to help. But, most of the time, if I am brutally honest, I try not to make eye contact because I don’t think I have anything I can give him or her. And, just about every time I pass someone with nothing to give, I feel a pit in my stomach; a pit of knowing I need to be more prepared. To truly be the hands and feet of Jesus requires us to be ready at a moment’s notice, to give a word of encouragement, to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to care for those in need.
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” Matthew 25:35-36
The other day this happened. A man was standing on the street with a sign asking for help. And, our daughter just has this amazing, compassionate, and precious heart for others in need. This is her spiritual gift straight from our Father’s heart. She loves without abandon or boundaries. Jordyn kept asking us to give him money, or food, or a blanket, or anything we had to help him. And, we were totally and completely unprepared to meet any of these needs. I had no money on me, no blankets in the car, and only a half-eaten hamburger getting stale in the back seat. As we drove away, I saw the look of disappointment on her face and I felt that pit… it was time to make this a priority and become prepared. This is certainly not the first or last time we will come across someone in need while we are driving around.
If you have hung out on this blog a bit, you probably know our family motto is to: Love God, Love Others. This is something we value above everything else and what my husband and I want to instill in our children. A plan began to develop in my head of how to make this situation a teaching experience while getting our kids involved in a small love project. The kids and I collaborated over this plan and we all decided what we would do. Together, we made a list of items we thought would be helpful for someone on the street asking for help.
This was our list:
We went to the store and the kids chose items from our list. They had a great time hunting for just the right items that could help someone else!! My heart melted as the kids described how much they thought these simple gifts would help a man or woman in need. So, here are our care packages, complete with a sweet note from the kids letting these men and women know that Jesus loves and cares about them!! We were planning on making 4, and it turned into 10!
Our plan is to keep these care packages in our cars, along with a couple of blankets. This way, when we see someone in need, we are finally PREPARED to help meet some of their needs. We would love to hear your ideas!! In what ways do you help teach your kids how to be the hands and feet of Jesus?