The Art of Giving
We then entered the restaurant which can be "to go" or "dine in". We ordered our food and at the register were asked if we wanted to donated $2 towards feeding hungry children. I said no, and received a little snarl from the cashier who said, "well okay!".
We then went on our way to the store to complete our shopping. As we walked inside we were met with a donation box for another hunger fighting organization. We walked past it. After we were done shopping, we walked back out the same door to be greeted now by a woman who was asking us to donate towards an organization that helps others. I said, "no thanks" and kept walking as I wasn't feeling good and didn't have any cash on hand.
My son turned to me again and asked, "Why did you say no to all of those people wanting help?" I answered that if I helped each and every person that asked, there would be nothing left for us. He said, "Oh, okay" and we got in the car and headed home. The entire events of the day kept playing over and over in my mind, as you are likely thinking they should have.
The next day during discussion it was confirmed that people don't have to give in those ways but can give online and be choosy about who we give to. That we can only give so much and we just can't simply give to all who ask because sometimes people are dishonest. That the Lord will lead us to give and where.
This conversation AND the topic of giving of course is still swirling in my mind. I have a little mending to do. Explaining to my son that giving is good! Giving is what God wants us to do and although sometimes it isn't safe, if we feel a nudge, we are to listen. I need to explain that not helping 4 out of 4 people/organizations within 2 hours time is not okay. That I could have reached out to at least one. Seeing those situations through the lenses of my son's innocence to help others has taught me a valuable lesson. I have been blessed and should use my blessings to help others when possible. One need is not more important than the next but that is where God will lead and provide the nudge we need to act. Our choice is whether or not we choose to listen to the nudge.