A woman approached me the other day and asked me if I could spare a dime. I said, “No, but I can spare five dollars.” Her eyes lit up as I handed her the money and I continued my journey down the street to get some lunch. As I continued walking I turned to my brother-in-law laughing and said “Now I don’t have enough money for lunch. Looks like you’re buying.”
I have to be honest, it felt really good to give that woman the five dollars. It wasn’t much money but it was a gift just the same. Later I asked myself why I didn’t share the message of the cross with her. It kind of bothered me that I didn’t. But then I came across this verse.
“Free those wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people. Share your food with the hungry, give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives that need your help. Then your salvation will come like the dawn, and your wounds will quickly heal. Your godliness will lead you forward, and the glory of the Lord will protect you from behind. Then when you call, the Lord will answer, “Yes, I am here,” he will quickly reply.” (Isaiah 58:6-10)
Let’s be honest, we all love to have hope. The great part is that we all have the ability to offer hope to those around us. Offering someone hope is putting someone on the path to see Jesus. When we help someone, even if it is for a brief moment, we help them to get sidetracked from their worries and frustrations and we allow the light of Jesus to shine in.
God is the author of hope. He founded real hope when he sent his son, Jesus, to the cross. When we take a moment in our lives and share what little we have with others we are shining the light of hope into their dark and hopeless world. We have to remember that sometimes a little bit of kindness and a little bit of hope passed on can go a long way.