“For as much as you have
done unto the least of these, you have done unto me.” (Matt. 25:40)
Betty opened her desk drawer and looked around to make sure she found all of
the money. Five dollars and twenty cents that was all she had. She definitely
break from her studies for the up coming final, so she decided to make a trip to the corner market for a loaf of bread and a jar of
peanut butter. There
were just three days left before she got paid.
Betty arrived at Bob’s
Market just before closing, checked the prices to make sure she had enough
money, and headed to the counter with her purchase. To
save a few steps in the biting wind, Betty decided to leave by
the back door instead of the front. As she
stepped into the alley, she jumped back as a nearby noise frightened her.
“Oh, don’t be alarmed,
Miss. We were just looking through the garbage cans trying to find
something to eat. We won’t hurt you.” Betty turned to see two
elderly men in raggedy clothes, and the one who spoke to her tipped his
soiled hat and smiled as he spoke. In a flash moment of compassion, she said: “I just realized I
don’t need this. Could you two gentlemen use a loaf of bread and a jar of
we? Are you sure you don’t need it, Miss?”
positive. I just realized I already have some at home. Here, take it.”
“Thanks, Miss. You are much too kind.”
Betty headed out of the
alley and back to the dorm, more full in the heart than empty in the stomach,
and not yet thinking of how she would survive the week.
“Excuse me, Miss, but I
think you dropped this,” said another elderly man as he handed her an
envelope. “Oh, no this isn’t mine,” Betty
received it, examined it, and replied. But as she turned to return
the envelope to the elderly gentleman, he was nowhere in sight. Betty
opened the envelope and found a note inside. “For as much as you
have done unto the least of these, you have done unto me.” Inside
the note Betty found two one hundred dollar bills upon
receiving it she could not help dropping a few tears.
We may not have much, but we have more than those who have less. Are
you willing to share some of yours for others to make everyone happier? God
is looking from above; He will not forsake those who have a heart of mercy.