Sometimes it’s difficult to tell who’s lying or telling the truth.
When people beg and ask for money for transport or to buy some food, they may be telling the truth or they may be lying. I once gave someone money and as I turned to walk away, I observed that he didn’t walk into the shop to buy food as he had said. Since then I decided never to give cash to a person begging for money.
But then again, I also don’t want to withhold help from people who are actually telling the truth. So I came up with an idea to help me separate the genuine people from the liars.
So here’s the plan I came up with:
If a beggar asks me for money, I don’t give them cash but rather, I offer to go into a store or food outlet with them and buy them food.
I find that half the time the the dishonest ones will have an excuse of some sort and more often than not, eventually decline the offer.
I’m glad to give to those in need. It gives me so much joy to know I’ve helped someone. God has blessed me to be able to bless others and I shouldn’t keep all those blessings to myself.
There are many things you can give, instead of money. Things like clothing, food, soap, a hot beverage especially in winter and blankets or even encouragement if needed.
“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” Hebrews 13:16