This past Wednesday night was a very warm evening with temperatures in the 90s. As we were driving on our way out to dinner, we noticed an influx of panhandlers out on the street corners in the midtown area of Tulsa despite the heat. Several had their own individual shopping carts stocked with their personal belongings beside them. One in particular caught my eye. It had a pink suitcase on top of the filled cart and a lounge cushion on the bottom.
It got my creative juices flowing. 🙂
What would I pack if I were homeless?
What would you pack if you had to fit all the personal belongings you owned inside one shopping cart?
It became the initial topic of our dinner conversation. We found humor in including the many creature comforts we are accustomed to having access to daily in our blessed lives.
But how different our lives might be if we were truly homeless. Perhaps we wouldn’t feel so blessed. And it certainly would not be a laughing matter. 😦
My cart would include my Golden tied to it on a leash, a blanket for warmth, my 64 oz. water bottle for hydration, my bible and glasses for reading, daily hygiene toiletries, a bottle of Ice Breakers Ice Cubes Cool Lemon Sugar Free Gum for fresh breath, my phone and charger for writing my blog, clothing (rolled to pack more), a pair of shoes for each season, a jean jacket, a winter coat, a tarp for protection from the elements, bandaids and a bottle of peroxide, and a bag of almonds.
What more could I possibly need? 🙂
I actually think I could do it. Live within the confines of a shopping cart. You see, just like Paul, I’ve had and I’ve had not. Things are not what matter most to me anymore. Lives are.
How about you?
Could you give up your creature comforts if need be? If Jesus asked you to do so and follow Him?
Let’s all set are minds more on things above than earthly possessions. The next time you see someone panhandling, especially in the heat, let’s not turn and look the other way. Let’s instead offer a bottle of water. And a prayer. A prayer they’ll find the living water necessary to change their circumstance.
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
Love and laughter,