something to think about
Situation: I was watching a TV show. The setting: Thanksgiving, a cold day in Queens, New York. The plot: a man comes to the door of a house, asking to use a phone because his car broke down. He was wearing an eye patch, an old worn-out coat and just seemed unsavory. Of course the male lead allowed him that as his wife had her misgivings. Flash to the dinner. Everyone is nervous because just outside the door, said man is waiting for a buddy to come get him. The opinion was that he should be allowed in to warm up, how heartless it must be to be on the inside looking out at someone who just needed a hand.
I won't divulge the ending because I want you to think about this: it's a holiday and an unkempt person asks to use your phone, (or whatever)....your gut instinct would be to turn down that request (or a similar one) based on appearance, correct? If it was a man driving a Lexus wearing a suit, you'd be all "yeah, you bet, here you go!" Right? As opposed to a bum, who may be on his last leg and just is waiting for that one person to also say, "yeah, here you go!" Why is that? How did we become so untrusting of our fellow neighbor?
Remember a few months ago when I recalled a story here of how my husband picked up a stranger who was hitchhiking? I was so scared...and yet he was so trusting. "What if it were me stranded, wouldn't you want someone to help me out?" he had asked. Good point!
Basically, it all comes down to trust and common sense. Unfortunately, the few people in the world who have spoiled it for the rest of us has made that near impossible. Again, you see a well-dressed person in need of help. Of course you'll go out of your way, why wouldn't you? You have nothing to fear, he doesn't present a situation that would require it. We should also step out of our comfort zone in faith and do likewise for the weary person as well. What is the saying about "entertaining angels unawares?"Just something to ponder today..........