‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Five-year old Josiah Duncan is a Christian whose heart has not been hardened by the indifference to suffering like many of our hearts have. When going to a Waffle House with his mom, he was troubled by a man’s appearance. After asking his mom why the man looked dirty, where his family was, where he lived, and where he kept his groceries, he thought that the man must be hungry. So he convinced mom to hook the dude up with a burger–loaded with bacon of course! Click here for the full story from WMC.
But before eating, Josiah insisted they pray first…
And Josiah [prayed], publicly, with 11 other customers watching. Josiah sang the blessing as loud as his little voice could muster.
“The man cried. I cried. Everybody cried,” [his mom] admitted.
It’s been said by many–including Jesus Himself–that we should approach our Faith and our Father as children. We are to approach as children not only because we are part of a heavenly family, but because children have a better sense of awe for the mystical. Children have stronger faith in the immaterial. Children don’t have “hardened hearts” yet. Children are often more humble.
At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them, and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
“He came in and sat down, and nobody really waited on him, so Josiah jumped up and asked him if he needed a menu because you can’t order without one.” The man insisted on a cheap hamburger to start, but he was assured he could have anything he wanted. He got the works. “Can I have bacon?” [his mom] remembers him asking, “And I told him get as much bacon you want.”
This post isn’t to suggest that you should blindly throw money at someone shaking you down on the street, rather, it’s to make the point that we shouldn’t default to indifference the moment we see someone that is so obviously broken. Perhaps one person would better be served by money or time donated to an organization that helps people like them. Perhaps another person truly is just looking for their next meal. We need to humble ourselves like children and seek to help people around us. It’s not the government’s job to help the downtrodden, it’s our job.
The gate of Heaven is very low; only the humble can enter it.
-Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton