A poor beggar, traveling a country road in England, tired and hungry, came to a roadside inn with a sign reading: “George and the Dragon.” He knocked.

     The innkeeper’s wife stuck her head out a window. “Could ye spare some chow?” he asked. The woman glanced at his shabby clothes and obviously poor condition. “No!” she said rather sternly.

      “Could I at least sleep in your stable?” “No!” By this time, she was fairly shouting.

      The beggar said, “Might I please…?” “What now?” the woman interrupted impatiently.

      “D’ye suppose,” he asked, “I might have a word with George?”

      Is it possible that people around us who are in need view us as a “dragon” because of our callous indifference to their plight? Oh, I know, I know. I’m sure many of you did what I did a few months ago at Thanksgiving. As you sat down to a sumptuous feast, you offered up a prayer to God for those “less fortunate.” But did you actually do anything to help anyone?

      We live in a time when it’s easy to be suspicious. There are some who refuse to work, preferring to live off the government and charitable organizations. There are some who seem to take joy in seeing how much they can get from naive souls willing to believe their pretend “sob stories.”  But, there are also many around us in genuine need, and if we’re not careful, we can come across to them like the woman above — indifferent and uncaring.

      The scriptures have much to say about our attitude toward those in need.  In fact, Jesus said that will be one factor which determines where we will spend eternity (Matthew 25:31-46). May we be known not only as a people who care, but as a people whose concern is shown through our actions.

      James 2:15-16 “Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?”

      Do people view you as George…….or the dragon? – TFTD

God bless you all and have a great week,

Michael