Proverbs 14:31

“He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.”

Kim and I have been talking about making a concerted effort, at least once a week, to do something kind for the poor. No passing out tracks or asking for Bible studies; just random acts of generosity. One thing that we are excited about doing is buying a bunch of kids’ shoes and going to the center and giving them away to barefooted children of people living on the street.

What are fun things you could do for the poor in your city?


Anonymous said...

Hey Rush people...

Been out of the loop for a while, life is quite busy here. Interesting that you mention this proverb and your thoughts to go along with it. This is something I've been thinking about for a while and I guess you knew that maybe since you read my blog from last month. BTW...she hasn't come back yet. Anyway...I've been approached to go to the jail here once a month to visit with female inmates, sing and pray with them, take communion with them and such. I don't know how fun this will be, but definitely a new adventure for me. I'm scared, but feel it is an open door from the Lord. I'll let you know how it goes. I'm going the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

I love that you and Kim are going to do that and that your kids will participate in that. Thanks for spurring us on toward love and good deeds. You guys are great. Kim...you look so good girl, saw that picture from your newsletter and so precious of you to eat that food with the hot mayo..wow! I've got some stories like that from Slovakia.

Take care guys..

Angie said...

YAY! I'm so happy to see another pick from Proverbs!

You and Kim have such beautiful hearts! I absolutely *love* the shoe idea! I'm stealing that one! Can't wait to hear other ideas...

Every time I go to the grocery store or Walmart, I pick up a few extra non-perishables that can stay in the car. The poor in my area are too prideful to make themselves known, so it's best to just leave a bag on a doorstep when no one's home - Just anonymously... with a simple note of "You are loved" or "God is near" in the bag.

And this little ritual includes keeping pop-top cans of dog food in the car! It just breaks my heart to see strays that are hungry - especially in the cold winter months.

Gotta go. I'm getting ready to go visit Selandra in Austin for a few days. *And* I'm totally jealous of Greg. He's headin' to Mexico this weekend to see Benjy and Carolyn! Do you believe that guy?

Jeff G. said...

Hello out there in Blogland...
Hey guys... it is good to hear from you always and I too like this proverb/thought. Since your last posts in proverbs, I have been more sensitive to people around me that are in need. It is hard to figure out who is trying to con you sometimes but with some simple questions and your willingness to stop and go do something for someone... you can bypass some of the "stories" you get. We are to use wisdom or else God would not have told us to ask for it. Either way... if you are prompted to give to someone and you are skeptical about it... don't worry, KNOW that you have done what God wants you to do. If that person does something bad...it's on them. Our job is to be obedient and available, instruments if you will so that God will smile when he sees our heart. No te preocupes sobre cosas en el mundo pero piensa sobre las cosas del cielo, verdad?

Much love to the Rush family and again... we get the privilege of seeing you soon.

Jeff G.

tim rush said...

Hey Flee, I check in on your blog every once in awhile to see what's going on. But as you are a mom of three, I understand the time away from the keyboard.

In that picture, Kim is making communion bread for the church there in their home. Such a neat experience.

Angie, why no. I don't believe that guy! I'm excited for Care and Benjy, but can't believe he'll be so close. And next weekend is our missionary retreat. Couldn't he have waited till Turkey Day? Oh well, I know they will all have a blast.

Hey Jeff, you guys coming up to Guad. first? We have fast food with play lands! I know you don't care about McD's but that you'd love a good jungle gym... for the kids... of course.

Speakin of, a few months back we met the Burns for lunch at Carl's Jr. We U.S.ers often eat earlier than most Mexicans so the place was empty. We went ahead and put up shop in the play area so kids could go crazy but were waiting awhile for the Burns to arrive. They have a HUGE play area that Kim just couldn't resist. So we started timing her to see how fast she could make it throught the thing. She's small, but she's fast!