I love our small group.
A few months ago at one of our meetings, I mentioned giving money to a guy in the Wal-Mart parking lot who told me a story about being out of town and needing to borrow a little cash to get his insulin. He promised to send the money back to me when he got home. I had hoped he was the real deal, but never heard from him again.
One of the other couples in the group gave money to the same guy - same story, different day. We talked talked about feeling dumb and what we could have done differently - I would have gone into the pharmacy to pay for it in person....or should we give cash at all?
6 months later, another group member encounters the same guy in the WalMart parking lot, remembers our conversation, and gives him $20 anyway. Why would she do that, knowing he was scamming her?
My friend is a recovering drug addict. And she said that when she got clean, one of the things that really convicted her that she needed to turn her life around was the knowledge that she had taken advantage of SO many people...maybe if she gives him money, it'll be one more face he thinks about when he considers the people he's hurt.
I don't know...right or wrong? do you give money to people and let them make their own choices? Carry food coupon books with you? Never give money to anyone?
I just love that fact that I'm in a group with former drug addicts, orphans and alcoholics, teachers and stay-at-home moms, college grads and soldiers.....
Being in a small group isn't always easy....we talk about tough topics, accidentally hurt each other's feelings, challenge and encourage eachother, and sometimes frustrate eachother. But every time we're together, I'm reminded that God put us together in community because we need eachother - we're better together.