I have touched on this subject in the past. Jesus clearly tells us to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, give shelter to the homeless and to visit those in hospital or jail.
It’s easy to make excuses, trust me, I’ve used every excuse there is. But the real question here is why do we make it so difficult? I am sure by now that most of us have heard about paying it forward; and that’s a great cause, but it can be so easy to just give a dollar or five or even ten to someone who is struggling. How about donating used clothes to the Salvation Army or Goodwill? Maybe help a homeless person find a shelter for the night or going by a local hospital and asking if you can visit a lonely person, or even go to a hospice to visit those who are within 6 months or less from getting their angel wings.
My most often used excuse is with those who are begging for money so they can eat. I tell myself that they are just going to spend the money on booze or cigarettes. Well, it is not my job to judge the person, simply to help them as best I can. What they do with it is none of my business.
There is an old Jewish saying that goes something like this. “There are levels of giving, the first and best is when you give but don’t know who receives and the recipient does not know who gave. The second level is when the giver doesn’t know who receives but the receiver knows who gave. And the last level is when both parties know who is the giver and who is the receiver.
Mumbles says: Give from the heart not the brain and it will make it easier.