5 LOAVES & 2 FISH IN MY WALLET

It really bothers me when I see the poor or hungry in my community holding a “Need food (or gas)” sign. What bothers me even more is when I see us drive by that needy person in our $40,000 vehicles without even stopping or thinking, “I’ve got a few dollars in my wallet I can share.”

I know there are times when we think, “But what if they take my $5 and go buy something other than food?” The way I see it, God gave that $5 to me and trusted me to be responsible with it, so I can trust someone else to do the same. If that person chooses to do something other than buy food with the money I gave him, that’s between him and God.
I recently pulled up to a man sitting at the edge of our town that was hoping to catch a ride. He looked tired and smelled like he needed a shower.
I asked him if he was hungry. He told me he was, but also said what he really needed was a ride. I told him, “I can’t give you a ride today, but we can go grab a bite to eat, and then we’ll get you back to the edge of town as soon as possible.” He was good with that. I told him McDonald’s was quick and asked him if that was okay. Again, he was very polite and very grateful.
When we got into McDonald’s, I waved my hand at the menu board and told him, “You feel free to get anything you want and as much as you can eat.” It was right then that I remembered that my son had raided my wallet that morning for some cash and I wasn’t sure if I had enough cash to pay for “anything he wanted and as much as he could eat,” like I had just told him.

I quickly reached for my wallet, thinking the whole time, how embarrassing this is going to be if he orders his food and I can’t pay for it. I opened my wallet and quickly counted six dollars as he started to order. I tried to hear what he was ordering, but couldn’t catch it all. When he finished ordering the lady at the counter rang it up and said, “That’ll be $5.78, please.” I thought to myself, “NO WAY!” and tried my best to hold back a smile as I handed her my six dollars. When his food came, I realized that my new homeless friend had taken it upon himself to order from the dollar menu.
I asked him if he wanted to sit down and eat and he said, “If it’s okay, I’ll eat it outside of town while I’m waiting on a ride.” When I left him out by our Wal-Mart, I couldn’t help but think about the kid with 5 loaves and 2 fish who showed up on a day when Jesus was needing to feed 5000 people. I wondered if the boy had a smile on his face and thought, “NO WAY!” when he watched the people being fed with his small amount.
I’m constantly being reminded that God will always provide when we’re willing to help others.

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I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. Amanda Sanders says:

    Trey, this morning around 7:30, I was reading an article that said 2.3 BILLION people will exist on less than $1 today.

    I was stunned. I had already drank more than a dollars worth of Diet Pepsi, it wasn't even 8 am yet.

    I passed two homeless men on the way to Lowes this morning. I needed bug killer for my house. $10. That is food for ten people, I spent to get rid of spiders from my house.

    Putting human faces on dollars spent makes me REALLY uncomfortable. But am I called to be comfortable?

  2. Lana says:

    I was just in Austin for a few days and there were homeless people everywhere wanting a meal, or a ride. I am a very generous person, but I'm just afraid to stop. I know I shouldn't be, but I am. I would love to stop and give someone a meal….I can afford to do that once in a while, but I just need to get over my fear of stopping and helping. I know these are just people like me, but there is something about not knowing who they are or what they will do.

  3. Donna G says:

    Trey, you are good people. Thank you for letting God live in you.

  4. Stoogelover says:

    For a long time, we kept sack lunches in the back seat of the car and gave them to people who were asking for food. Probably need to make up some more of those sack lunches.

  5. Rick Morgan says:

    We are his hands and feet!

  6. Stephanie Harbin says:

    That is a great story. I just read the Max Lucado book Small Gifts in God's Hands to my daughter this weekend. It is about a boy who wants to give, but doesn't have anything to give. He ends up being the kid with the fish and bread. It was a great book, but she made fun of me for crying!! You are right about giving. It is our choice to give and their choice to spend it right.

  7. L.C.T. says:

    That's a very cool story. You do some great things.

  8. Kim says:

    Trey,

    Our youth group made up care packages for all of us to keep in our cars for times when we see people who need help. We included bottled water, crackers, granola bars, beef jerkey, and several other things. We put it all in a gallon size ziploc bag. Our thinking was the bottle and ziploc bag could be reused and the multiple food items would at least provide some non-perishable items to be used however the person wanted. We keep at least 2 in our cars and it gives us an opportunity to help but also allows us to give something that can be used later. We plan to add things like socks and gloves for the winter care packages. We bought everything in bulk and we were able to fill the bags for around $1.00. It has been a great way to help, but also to make us all more sensitive and aware to what is going on around us.

    kim

  9. Janice Garrison says:

    You are gifted in so many ways and I'm always blessed when I visit your blog!

    I am always the one being blessed when I help others. :)

  10. Ginny (MAD21) says:

    This is an amazing story. Thanks so much for sharing it. I've had this experience a few times in my life, both on the receiving and giving ends, and it changed me forever.

  11. Tim Stone says:

    "The way I see it, God gave that $5 to me and trusted me to be responsible with it, so I can trust someone else to do the same. If that person chooses to do something other than buy food with the money I gave him, that's between him and God."

    That's the part that stood out to me. If we took the time to add up all we spend on non-necessities, how much of what God blesses us with we squander on the stuff we don't need, just imagine what we could do. Sure, there are those who would buy something other than food with a five dollar bill we could hand them, and it would displease us, but I wonder how displeases God is with us when He sees us waste the blessings He gives us. Good word for the day.

  12. Joshua Tucker says:

    Thanks for sharing the story, Trey.

    You might enjoy a book called "Under the Overpass" where these two Christians guys decided to live homeless for 6 months in a few major cities of America. They write about interactions with all kinds of people, including some really hurtful and some really loving Christians.

    They tell a story of a girl who took them out to eat to a real restaurant, and how amazing it was to eat a real meal from this Christian girl who just wanted to share some of what she was given. It's a really powerful book.

    They came into a Church one time and asked if they could have a sandwich, and the minister told them, "We can't confuse our purpose here." It's absolutely disgusting to think about that attitude, especially when you reflect on the life of Jesus and what His "purpose" was.

    Anyway, thanks for taking the time for that guy, it makes me want to put myself more intentionally around hurting people in order to help them.

  13. TREY MORGAN says:

    Amanda … it's good for Jesus to make us uncomfortable. If you let him, he'll wreck your comfortable world :)

    Lana – I can't imagine how overwhelming that must be.

    Donna & Rick – Isn't it an honor to be hands, feet and voice of Jesus?

    Stephanie – Well said.

    LCT – I don't know about great thing… simple things that anyone could do.

    Kim – That's the COOLEST idea. I love it. Everyone ought to give that a try.

    Janice – There are many areas that I struggle in, many areas that make me really uncomfortable … I'm glad I'm a little more comfortable in this area. Thanks for your kind words.

    Ginny – Thanks for stopping by, you are exactly right.

  14. TREY MORGAN says:

    Tim – I don't know how many people I've heard say, "I'd give someone $5 but what if they didn't use it what they were supposed to." Bummer of an excuse if you ask me. I've sure waisted 5 bucks on stuff I shouldn't.

    Josh – I've heard that story, but didn't know there was a book. I'll have to check that out. Thanks for the comment.

  15. Dee Andrews says:

    Heart warming post, Trey. As always, but this is very poignant.

    Thank you.

    Dee

  16. Gary says:

    Trey, I can't agree with you more. When someone says they would like to give but the recipient might not use the gift right, they really don't want to give bad enough.

  17. Anonymous says:

    If that person chooses to do something other than buy food with the money I gave him, that's between him and God.

    Thank you for that Trey, I have been saying that to people for years and they just wave me off as being naive and to soft hearted. I truly was beginning to feel like I was the only one who felt that way.
    Heather

  18. psn4athome says:

    Hi Trey! I was so glad to find your blog! It's nice to see you and the family. Hope all is going well with you. Take care! Love, Sarah (Kent H.'s daughter)

  19. Peter P says:

    Was all that bread and fish terribly uncomfortable in your wallet?

    Must have been a relief to get it out of there :-)

    Seriously though, great post… and sometime it IS a relief to get all that bread and fish out of our wallets and into the mouths that need it.

  20. Jason says:

    Though I may not be Christian, I'm glad to see people acting as true Christians should be. It makes my heart happy. If all Christians were like you the world would be much different!

    I give money and rides when I can. Sadly, I rarely carry cash.

    There is a lot that can be taken out of this message. Beyond being Christian. How about having a heart? Respecting other humans?

  21. Working Mom @ bigjobsboard says:

    Wow! What a story! I was touched by your kindness. I hope there are more people like you who think like this manner. The other day I was walking with my dog and I saw a man on the street asking for some pennies. I want to give him something but I did not bring my wallet because I was just suppose to have a walk with my dog. I felt a guilty to myself.

  22. roadtripray says:

    What a terrific story. Thank you for sharing.

  23. Carolyn Vela says:

    Once again, you have touched my heart! I think your family is awesome, and we are blessed to have wonderful people like yourselves doing GOD's work! Thank you for being you and helping others realize to be grateful for everything we have. GOD BLESS!

  24. Mikes Sumondong says:

    You're truly a blessed man Trey. May God bless you more and more as you work for HIM!

  25. Dr. Roger D. Butner says:

    Great story, Trey – and great message! Sorry to be the cynic (I haven't read all the above comments, so I may not be the first), but it can be really discouraging to see the selfish, manipulative side of these kinds of scenarios. Case in point: http://hopeforyourfamily.com/2008/11/07/i-dont-do-muffins/

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