I saw Wayne walking down the road without a shirt on.

It was a sizzling hot day in the village, and he looked exhausted.

Wayne suffers with alcohol addiction, which likely made him somewhat dehydrated, and that can be problematic in high heat.

He approached me and asked if I had some change so he could buy a bottle of water.

Like many of us, I don’t carry money these days, except for a twenty dollar bill for ‘cash emergencies’.

This was an emergency if I ever saw one.

I gave him the bill, he thanked me, and headed towards the Convenience Store.

The store also carries beer, and yes, it crossed my mind what Wayne would buy, but I’m sure he quenched his thirst that day.

Now that we’ve established rapport, the next time I see Wayne, I may tell him about Jesus, the source of living water who quenches all of our spiritual thirst.

‘Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them. John 7:38

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***names are always changed in my posts

32 thoughts on “Thirst

  1. A lot of people would have likely said, β€œHe will just use it to buy alcohol,” but that is not necessarily true. We are simply to be the hands of Jesus, not to prejudge. Praying that doors will be opened. Bless you for your kindness in Jesus.

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  2. Your kindness is commendable, but your wisdom is lacking in this situation. πŸ˜‰ Anita and I NEVER give money to a panhandler, even ones we know. But we WILL take them to get food or clothing or a ride for medical care. I learned this principle working with Teen Challenge one summer in St. Louis. They impressed on us never to give money; always give something that the panhandler cannot exchange.
    And DO share Jesus next time you and Wayne bump into each other. Just sharing a verse of Scripture or very simply letting him know that you do what you do because you follow Jesus, may whet his thirst for more than beer.
    ❀️&πŸ™, c.a.

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  3. Most people would not give if all they had was a 20, bless you for being so generous . I am sure that man will remember you and maybe it took the 20 for him to do so. I know God will not waste your willingness to give. Blessings.

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  4. You left him with the responsibility – that is good. As a Social Worker in the 1960s we were permitted to give people food vouchers not to be used for cigarettes or alcohol. I fought for cash to be given instead for that very reason

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    1. Thanks, Derrick, I agree with you fully.
      Ultimately, everyone is responsible for their own choices.
      In this case, I knew that Wayne might buy beer with the money, but it was better to trust him to buy water, rather than have him face heat exhaustion. πŸ€—πŸŒ·

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  5. Whenever we see anyone down it is best to give them a hand up. Who knows the next time you see him because of that kindness he may be opened to hearing about the living water of Jesus Christ. Great post and example! Blessings and Peace!

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  6. Thanks for sharing Sally. So great you gave to him and didn’t judge him. Now you prayerfully will have an opportunity to share Jesus in the future. β€οΈπŸ™πŸΏ

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    1. Yes, Dawn, thanks so much. I am hoping to share Jesus with him.
      The Lord provides different ministries to us at different times in our lives.
      Right now I’m able to care for those who struggle with various addictions, through offering meals, or sandwiches, snacks, etc.
      We honour Jesus when we decide to never judge, only help, and, by God’s grace in this way we may draw others to our Lord. πŸ€—πŸŒΌπŸŒ·

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