I am so enjoying purging the house of clutter….maybe it’s true that clearing the physical mess in a persons life, can lead to having a less cluttered mind too? I certainly feel better for it and knowing others are benefitting from the things i no longer want or need, feels pretty good too.
A man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of things which he possesseth ~ Luke 12 v 15
‘Things’ have never impressed me.
Money has never impressed me, perhaps because i have never had very much of it, but how far do we have to look to see the needy? I don’t think we need to look as far as Africa or India or even outside our own towns and cities.
Last night we went to the supermarket pretty late just before the store closed, we were only buying bread and milk and a few other bits and pieces. As we walked from one aisle to another, a man, hunched over, carrying a grimey carrier bag and himself looking rather dirty and unkempt, was walking towards me with a limp. The cap he wore was pulled down so that no one could see his face.
He walked pretty sorrowfully, if that is even a way of walking, you get my meaning though i am sure…anyway, we filled our basket and went to the checkout to pay. We paid and as we were about to leave to store, i saw the man sitting on a bench inside the store, still holding his dirty carrier bag, no evidence that he had purchased anything at all.
I slowed down and started to turn as if to go to him, but something stopped me, i thought, ‘what if i am wrong?’ What if he isn’t homeless, how can i walk up to him and offer him money or offer to buy him some food, i might offend him!’
In the end i was so unsure about what to do that i did nothing at all and went and got in my car to drive home.
But that guy has been on my mind ever since.
It’s a difficult thing to know what to do.
What would you have done?