Saturday, April 17, 2010


One evening I was parked in front of the mall wiping off my car. I had just come from the car wash and was waiting for my wife to finish work. Coming my way from across the parking lot was what society would consider a bum. From the looks of him he had no car, no home, no clean clothes and no money.

There are times when you feel generous, but there are times that you just don't want to be bothered. This was one of the "Don't want to be bothered" times! "Hope he doesn't ask me for money," I thought. He didn't. He came and sat on the curb in front of the bus stop and he didn't look like he could have enough money to even ride the bus.

After a few minutes he spoke. "That's a very nice car," he said. He was ragged, but had an air of dignity around him. I said "Thanks," and continued wiping off my car. He sat there quietly as I worked. The expected plea for money never came. As the silence between us widened, something inside said, "Ask him if he needs any help." I was sure that he would say yes, but I held true to the inner voice.

"Do you need any help?" I asked. He answered in three simple but profound words that I shall never forget. We often look for wisdom in great accomplishments. I expect it from those of higher learning and accomplishments. I expected nothing but an outstretched grimy hand. He spoke three words that shook me, "Don't we all?" he said. I needed help. Maybe not for bus fare or a place to sleep, but I needed help. I reached in my wallet and gave him not only enough for bus fare but enough to get a warm meal and shelter for the day.

Those three little words still ring true. No matter how much you have, no matter how much you have accomplished, you need help too. No matter how little you have, no matter how loaded you are with problems, even without money or a place to sleep, you can give help. Even if it's just a compliment, you can give that!

You never know when you may see someone that appears to have it all. They are waiting on you to give them what they don't have. A different perspective on life, a glimpse of something beautiful, a respite from daily chaos, that only you, through a torn world can see.

Maybe the man was just a homeless stranger wandering the streets. Maybe he was more than that. Maybe he was sent by a power that is great and wise to minister to a soul too comfortable in himself. Maybe God looked down, called an Angel, dressed him like a bum and then said, "Go minister to that man cleaning the car, that man needs help."

-Author Unknown-


Johan H said...

Hello again, wow there seems to be so many sides of you. The joker, the social commentator, the pundit, the techie. How do you keep it all together!

Thanks for this beautiful article. Yes, don't we all need a little help. And remember, there's more in giving than receiving.

masterwordsmith said...

Dear Johan

Welcome!! Lovely to see you here. This is where I started blogging...

As a full-time housewife now, there is so much time on my hands so I read a lot and blog :-). I used to write here but shifted to unplugged. This blog is strictly for inspirational stuff.

You are most welcome re this article. Between Jan to August 2009, I also posted many self-help stuff in unplugged - a different type from those here :-).

Do check out the old posts here too - some lovely stuff here. Took a lot of time to find these posts :-).

Thanks for the reminder that it is more blessed to give than to receive. Take care and may you continue to bless others and be blessed by your giving.


michelle's blue planet said...

this is another great must keep , must pass along to all friends kind of post that I always eagerly look forward to find in yr blog!
thanks for sharing all yr lovely inspirational stories from wherever u found them …
keep them coming ;)

masterwordsmith said...

Hi Michelle

Lovely to hear from you again. I a glad you like this one. I visit many sites and google themes to find these stories. There is so much unhappiness and dissent around, we all need loads of inspiration to remind ourselves that life is worth living :-)...

Thanks for the encouragement and support. Take care and God bless you and yours.