Proverbs 22:9 (NASB) He who is generous will be blessed, For he gives some of his food to the poor.
It was the first and only time I saw this single mother at our church. So often we see opportunities to help, but we sadly wait for someone else to step-in. This young single mother appeared to be having less than a perfect day. The look in her eyes was distant. I could tell as we talked that something was bothering her so I asked. She said that she needed to get out of her apartment that day. Everything. All her belongings and her children’s things too. She had a place to go, but no one to move her. And there was the moment. That point when you can either offer a kind word and slowly slip away, or you can choose to step up to the plate. Speaking with some other men from the church, and even some ladies, we decided to put our words into actions. We rented a truck, got everyone to meet at her house at a certain time, and we moved her. I remember telling her that we were all coming. Her eyes began to tear up and beneath the tears were a glimmer of hope. As we packed up her things and moved them all, that glimmer turned into a brightness and I wondered how long it had been since it shined. We never saw her again. We tried to reach out to her, but we never touched base. That day we made a difference because we chose to act. When the need arises, will we act or slowly slip away?
TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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