Many people nod and agree that we need to be more assertive about helping the poor, caring for the destitute and looking out for those in need. However, they don't act on it. They think it's for "someone" else to deal with. They make excuses like "I wouldn't know how to help....leave that to the churches and pastors who are paid to do that sort of thing...I don't have time...I'm too busy...those people wouldn't want my help anyway, I don't know what I'm doing..."
Or there are others who throw money at the "problem" to take care of their guilty conscience that they live lavish, pleasure seeking lives and don't give a second glance to those less fortunate.
Or others who go to church and call themselves people of faith and say they will pray for those in need, but don't do anything about it. What good is prayer alone when the homeless man needs food and water to survive? Telling someone "I'll pray for you" while not giving him/her something tangible when it is within your power to do so, is like a slap in the face.
I can't tell you how much joy I got when I took a Chik-fil-A boxed lunch and gave it to a man walking along the highway. To see him smile and thank me was like a kiss from heaven! I gave him his next meal, but I felt like I was the one who walked away blessed!
We have the power to be agents of change--catalysts who can brighten someone else's world--people that can help lighten another person's load. But the choose is ours. Yes, you can sit back in your suburban home away from the riffraff and let other people do that kind of work. Or you can get up, get out, roll up your sleeves and get involved. Discover how you can play a part in someone's life.