Give to the Needy
“To be poor does not mean you lack the means to extend charity to another. You may lack money or food, but you have the gift of friendship to overwhelm the loneliness that grips the lives of so many.” – Stanley Hauerwas
“Oga, at all at all na winch.” That was a beggar’s slang, meaning “Please, give me something, whatever it is.”
But my friend was unmoved, and I had not a dime in my pocket.
“Gbenguse, give him something na! Anything” said I.
“From which account?” asked my friend. “My employer doesn’t pay me beggars’ allowance,” Gbenguse responded.
Truth is that there’s an abundance of joy and inner peace that goes with giving, especially when that giving is without any expectation of receiving, and especially when it is to the one who needs it.
My dear, when was the last time you gave, freely and without expectation?
You see, you may never know what results come of even the little that you give, but if you give nothing, there will be no result. That friendly smile, that encouraging word, you never know how far it goes in assuaging the sorrowing heart and the distressed soul.
My friend, make yourself useful, for you’re helpful to the world only when you lighten the burden of another. So, as you sojourn today, give – in whatever form you can!