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Don't We All ?

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Posted 12-05-2010 at 08:25 PM by caninemom3
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This is for the homeless man I saw who was just barely hanging on when I saw him on Saturday. In Jesus' name I pray it inspires us to remember this COULD happen to each and every one of us and that we remember nobody is below us and we should never view someone as "not worth it".....Who knows, any of us could wind up in the same situation at any time and the "shoe could wind up on the other foot" so to speak. Let us bless one another with kindness and being non-judgmental to all.


[B]I was parked in front of the mall wiping off my car. I had just come [/B][B]from the car wash and was waiting for my wife to get out of work. Coming [/B][B]my way from across the parking lot was what society would consider a [/B][B]bum. [/B]

[B]From the looks of him, he had no car, no home, no clean clothes, [/B][B]and no money. There are times when you feel generous but there are other [/B][B]times that you just don't want to be bothered. This was one of those [/B][B]"don't want to be bothered times."[/B]

[B]"I hope he doesn't ask me for any money," I thought.[/B]

[B]He didn't.[/B]

[B]He came and sat on the curb in front of the bus stop but he didn't look [/B][B]like he could have enough money to even ride the bus.[/B]

[B]After a few minutes he spoke.[/B]

[B]"That's a very pretty car," he said.[/B]

[B]He was ragged but he had an air of dignity around him. His scraggly [/B][B]blond beard keep more than his face warm.[/B]

[B]I said, "thanks," and continued wiping off my car.[/B]

[B]He sat there quietly as I worked. The expected plea for money never [/B][B]came. As the silence between us widened something inside said, "ask him [/B][B]if he needs any help." I was sure that he would say "yes" but I held[/B]
[B]true to the inner voice.[/B]

[B]"Do you need any help?" I asked.[/B]

[B]He answered in three simple but profound words that I shall never [/B][B]forget. We often look for wisdom in great men and women. [/B]

[B]We expect it [/B][B]from those of higher learning and accomplishments. I expected nothing [/B][B]but an outstretched grimy hand. He spoke the three words that shook me.[/B]

[B]"Don't we all?" he said.[/B]

[B]I was feeling high and mighty, successful and important, above a bum in [/B][B]the street, until those three words hit me like a twelve gauge shotgun.[/B]

[B]Don't we all?[/B]

[B]I needed help. Maybe not for bus fare or a place to sleep, but I needed [/B][B]help. I reached in my wallet and gave him not only enough for bus fare, [/B][B]but enough to get a warm meal and shelter for the day. [/B]

[B]Those three [/B][B]little words still ring true. No matter how much you have, no matter how [/B][B]much you have accomplished, you need help too. [/B]

[B]No matter how little you [/B][B]have, no matter how loaded you are with problems, even without money or [/B][B]a place to sleep, you can give help. Even if it's just a compliment, you [/B][B]can give that.[/B]

[B]You never know when you may see someone that appears to have it all. [/B][B]They are waiting on you to give them what they don't have. A different [/B]
[B]perspective on life, a glimpse at something beautiful, a respite from [/B][B]daily chaos, that only you through a torn world can see.[/B]

[B]Maybe the man was just a homeless stranger wandering the streets. [/B]

[B]Maybe [/B][B]he was more than that. [/B]

[B]Maybe he was sent by a power that is great and [/B][B]wise, to minister to a soul too comfortable in themselves.[/B]

[B]Maybe God looked down, called an Angel, dressed him like a bum, then [/B][B]said, "go minister to that man cleaning the car, that man needs help."[/B]

[B]Don't we all?[/B]

[B]-- Author Unknown[/B]
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