generosity,  giving,  God's Voice

God Spoke to me on the Radio

What shall I do? I expect to pass through this world but once. Therefore any good work, kindness, or service I can render to any person or animal, let me do it now. Let me not neglect or delay to do it, for I will not pass this way again.~ an old Quaker saying

 We met in church.

Her clothes were dirty and hair a mess, and it was difficult to understand her when she spoke. My heart went out to her. Yet I admit I was a little wary. I have felt taken advantaged of before.

Despite my fears I began greeting her every Sunday, and I gave her a birthday present once. Maybe that’s what started the phone calls. I don’t remember how I got involved. But every month she calls asking me to buy her specific food items. They aren’t always necessities nor cheap, but I usually oblige when I can. Yet I confess I don’t always do so with tons of grace because I wonder…am I being conned?


This happened the other day. Rather than asking me to take her to the store, she just asked (in a slightly demanding way) for me to get the food which I knew meant she wanted me to pay for it too. I had some extra cash and some peace to help though a nagging tiny voice questioned in my head…am I being conned? Despite the negative thoughts I went to the store with her list.


Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely O Lord….(Psalm 139:4)


I hadn’t voiced my concern to anyone, even to God, but He knew.


 know He knew because on the drive home a man giving a short devotion on the radio said, “It is better to give and be conned than not to give and worry about being conned!” I think he was quoting someone, but I don’t know who, and it doesn’t matter because at that moment God spoke audibly through a voice on the radio!

Confirmation. I love when He does that.
God wants us to give. The decision of whether or not to give is not mine to make. I am called to give what I can. The integrity of the one asking for help is not mine to ask.
We are called to give.
The truth is: I have never felt bad about helping someone, but I have grieved the opportunities I’ve passed by someone in need.
Next time she calls, I will not question my decision. I have been freed to give. I hope you have been too.
Much grace,
Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality (Romans 12:13).

Andy Lee is a wife, mother of three, author, speaker, and blogger. She inspires her readers to step out into their call whether to a neighbor or nation to find purpose and joy using the gifts God has given them. She lives on the North Carolina Coast with her favorite people in the whole word, her family. She loves chocolate, geraniums, coffee, and Jesus.

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