Helping the Homeless

Recently I heard a pastor say to his church, "carry an extra bag lunch with you and when you see one of those homeless guys along the road, give it to him." It sounded more noble than what I generally have thought when I see those guys. My gut reaction has been, "I’d like to give them an application to work."
Last night while riding in my Jeep with no doors or windows I got stopped at a traffic light right next to one of these homeless people. I gave him a couple bucks and he said, "God bless you." Well, I must say, I have been blessed. I have a beautiful family and home in Florida, swimming pool, spa, lanai, health, job I love and two vehicles all paid for.
I’ve thought off and on all day today about my two buck investment, I wonder what it was used for? My guess is not rent, probably not even food. So, did my two bucks really help anything? If all of us gave every homeless person we passed a couple bucks would it change anything?
I’ve been thinking about this problem. I know there are some real desperate homeless people out there who hate being that way. I’m sure there are some who look at people like me and think we are all suckers, my guess is they often laugh about us over a bottle at night. "That fool works all day and I don’t do anything but sit there with my bucket!"
I’d like to see the church, maybe my church offer some real significant help. Why not build a dormitory, offer vocational training, drug and alcohol rehab and develop a network of employers who will hire our people once cleaned up and trained? Now, that would be some real help. The bag lunch or two bucks that is really probably more so I can feel like I’m doing something, when in reality I’ve done nothing but enable.

About Scott Ranck

Enjoying life with my wife Gayle and our Yorkie, Zoe boy. I've come to believe life begins when through brokenness I can embrace it fully and openly. I've learned the human drama is an adventure and all of us are made of the same stuff. The Lord is the only being who knows me fully and he has an individual educational plan of life long learning for me and I'm enrolled. This blog is all about what I'm learning.
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