I Don’t Have to Be Rich


By Mary Chantal

I am a volunteer with ‘Out of the Cold’, a downtown outreach program that provides food and shelter to the homeless. You may think how wonderful I am for giving up my time to help others, but it is those who have no place to call home that I admire.  They have nothing to offer, yet they are so thankful for all we do. They offer what they can by setting up or taking down tables or offering to pick up dishes.

I saw another example of this attitude when I spent time in Kenya this past summer.  A third world country with so little, and yet the people are so rich in their ability to offer their best for others. One memory that really stands out is when we were invited to someone’s home for a meal. This family of three lived in a three-room home which had no running water or bathroom and yet we were offered their best!

These two situations are a sweet reminder I don’t have to be rich to be a blessing to others.

“I tell you the truth,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”  Luke 21:1-4 NIV

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