Hi Forsakemenot , and welcome , the age old dilema/ test on morality !
Much to consider Ded and Julie
Thank you for reading. My questions are:
What should I do? (not as important)
What would you do?
What would Jesus do?
what should you do ? nothing right now thinking only makes it worse , for many of us , its trying not to "harden our hearts " against all beggars
the poor you have with you always , we do not always have Christ with us [present thoughts of Spiritual conscienceness ] our flesh gets in the way with our own emotions of how to handle our tests /trials of moral character .
trying to live with the right choices .
what would I do ? , every day we see great need continually , on the streets, in the mail, on TV
the news etc ..its overwhelming !! are we better off than they ? I say NO , things can and do change in a moment , a house fire and death in the family , funeral expenses , travel , tornados , floods, eathquakes , job loss sickness , cancer , its an never ending small exsistance of tragedy and so hard to make any difference at all , its never ends , someone is suffering somewhere .
we all desire to ease that suffering as our small part to glorify God , knowing only God is good
I remember a saying , that helps me when I get bothered by all this suffering ,
here it is ..
a young man was walking along the beach and tossing starfishes back into the ocean , because when the tides come up every night and receed every day they become trapped on the sand and the sun dries them out and die , this young man was tossing them as many as he could pick up and toss , and run across an old fellow , who asked "Why are you tossing those starfish back into the ocean like that " ? There are thousands of starfishes on the beach , what difference does it make to save a few ?
and the young man picked up a starfish and tossed it back and said to the old fellow , It made a differnce to this starfish !
So you just never know what differnce you can make to someone who is suffering
and its a shame that some folks decietfully take advantage of kindness and goodness and ruin it for all those whom really do need help and ease from the burdens of this life .
WHAT did Jesus do to the beggar Lazurus ? only one example here I will share
He waited on the rich man to prove himself , and that did not happen , so when Lazurus died all those good things come to him and the rich man suffered
I believe God uses us all to test one another in many ways we are in the firey trials here and now , and there is a couple of scriptures that says showing compassion making a difference , plucking them from the fire verse 20 and 21 JUDE
and the brand plucked from the fire Joshua in Zech .
I just think the whole world is on fire now Because Jesus said its true in Luke 12 :49
Just keep seeking and asking and praying for His answers , only He can give you His peace
the world does not offer true peace