The Richmond Register

March 27, 2013

Mister, can you spare some change?

Northside News

By Rose Miller
Register Columnist

RICHMOND — I feel certain most of us have seen someone standing by a busy street corner or at a traffic light holding up a sign asking for money or spare change.

I’m not sure I know how to feel about these abject people, but I have heard a long list of other people’s perceptions of such characters.

While the maxim “too lazy to work” runs neck-to-neck to most people’s all-time, favorite appraisal of these panhandlers, “begging for drug money” is most often the winning axiom.

With most Christians having their minds on Jesus this last week before Easter, I can’t help but contemplate on how He would handle these almost common-day occurrences.

I think I already know what He would do – what He has already done!  

Christ freely gave His very own life to give men, – past, present and future – a chance to live with Him in His heavenly home one day.

In scripture, it says that anything you do for another person, it is the same as doing it for Christ.

The scriptures speak that if you give someone a drink, clothe them and take them into your home and feed them, it is the same as if you had done it for Christ.

Now, I understand we have to be very smart and help those who are willing to help themselves, however, we are to treat others as we would like to be treated.

Just today, I had a friend who put 30 dollars of gas in a stranger’s car so he and his young family could make their way home to Jellico, Tenn.

What had caused the young family to have this monetary dilemma?

My friend recalled the jabbering of the young father and mother, attempting to explain, simultaneously, about having to take their baby to an instance care center.

My friend quieted the frantic pair, paid the inside attendant for gas for their car, and was on his way.

You see, Christians go to a church house for worship, but they do not live their daily lives within those walls.

Be watchful, be helpful and be thankful!

There will be many sunrise services in the northern end of our county and I am sure you will be welcome to worship with any the churches.   

I don’t have an adage for you this week, however, I saw a sign which seems to be more fitting.  

The sign reads as follows, “Christmas was the promise, but Easter is the proof!”

You may e-mail me at or call me at 527-0411.

Please remember, I am available for public speaking.  I have authored two books and I am always bursting at the seams to talk about our Lord.         

May God bless you and yours until next week.