8But you must defend
those who are helpless
and have no hope.
9Be fair and give justice
to the poor and homeless
– Proverbs 31:8-9 (CEV)
We all should question ourselves. We must answer for what we do and we fail to do.
I love the opening chapter of The Street Lawyer
by John Grisham
, I love the line of questioning by one of D.C.’s homeless brothers to a room of high-priced attorneys whom he has taken hostage of in their office:
- How much money did you make last year?
- How much money did you give to charity (to the poor and the needy) last year?
Doesn’t that make sense to you? Do the math. #1 may outweigh #2, but there needs to be some actual figures for each one of those. For instance, if #1 for you is $100,000 and #2 is $10,000, then you have given 10% of your income to charity. No matter if you gave to the animal shelter, the rescue mission or the youth ceneter, that money went towards people doing good works.
Every community needs both groups of people. Each community needs someone who will give some part of what they have to help others and those who serve to help others. It’s philanthropy. We need more people giving towards good causes. We need people to offer a helping hand by being a role model or a father figure, even a big brother or big sister. Plenty of kids desire to have someone show them some love and appreciation. The elderly want that, too. The disabled want it just like everyone else does.
Be a voice for others. Be a helping hand for others. Make a difference with what God has given to you.
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