Read Matthew 7: 9-12
Don’t judge, so that you won’t be judged. You’ll
receive the same judgment you give. Whatever
you deal out will be dealt out to you.
My wife and I were enjoying our ride together when we
passed a man holding a sign that read, “Will Work for Food.”
Later, we saw him getting into a car. Cynically, I wondered
aloud what he was going to do with the money he had
collected that day. But my wife asked me to follow him so
we could also give him some money.
He pulled into a gas station and bought only $2.00 worth
of gasoline. My wife and I quickly agreed that I should talk
with him. He indicated that he had lost his job, had not been
able to find work for over six months, and that he was trying
to feed his family. I told him that we would like to help him in
the name of Christ.
While I filled his car with gasoline, my wife went with the
man and bought some food for his family. As we parted, my
wife and I gave him more money and a copy of The Upper
Room. Then we prayed together.
Through my wife, God taught me a lesson. Since that day
I’ve been less judgmental and more accepting of others. How
that man used the gifts
we gave him was between
him and God. I learned
that it is not my place to
judge but to help.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for teaching us to care for others
and to leave any judgment of others to you. In the name of
Jesus we pray. Amen.
Albert Brooks Drake, Jr. (Indiana)
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE WHO HAS LOST A JOB
— Matthew 7: 1-2 (CEB)
Thought for the Day
My Christian faith frees me to
give without judgment.