Tuesday, February 18, 2014

My generosity dilemma.

So, our church has been doing a series about generosity, which has been really encouraging and also challenging. I wrote before about wanting to be more generous, but today I had a dilemma with it.

I was on my way to eat lunch with my mom, when I saw this elderly lady walking very slowly on the sidewalk, carrying bags of groceries in both hands. I thought about stopping to ask her if she needed help or a ride, but I didn't. Should I have? I thought about turning around and going back, but by that time it had already been a few minutes.

Everybody always teaches about "stranger danger" and to never accept a ride from someone you don't know. Granted, I figured that an older lady wouldn't be trouble, but I thought that it might be weird to ask if she wanted a ride. Would I accept a ride from a stranger? No. I don't know, I'm probably over-thinking it, but it was an interesting thing to ponder. I know we live in a fallen world, but how are we supposed to overcome that if people never do something radical or different to extend their generosity?

All I know is, I want to be more generous. Of course, we need to be smart, but I want to take the opportunities God places before me and take time out of my day to extend kindness.

So, to the woman on the sidewalk, I'm sorry I didn't offer to help you.

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