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Mom Grateful for Stranger Who Paid for Family Groceries: 'You Didn't Judge'
Yahoo Shine ^ | 4/4/14 | By Beth Greenfield

Posted on 04/04/2014 12:51:32 PM PDT by Kartographer

A simple, generous act of kindness can be so life changing — especially when it means the difference between kids going hungry or having full bellies. A poignant blog post written by a mother of five made a beautifully honest illustration of that recently.

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I have no doubt that the 'Dead Beats' crowd here on FR will have plenty to say about this.

Seems that many peoples hearts have grown so hard that they no longer understand acts of just plain everyday kindness. They worry about being 'cheated' more then what an act of compassion can do for your own soul.

It really comes back to a point I have been driving recently. People scoff especially what I call the 'Dead Beat' crowd here on FR, because their hearts have become so harddened that they can no longer see the difference between the poor, the ill and the slothful.

To the poor and the ill the bible instructs us to help as we can:

'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.' Matthew 25:45

"Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker;" Proverbs 17:5

But the the Bible has plenty to say about the Slothful:

"04 The lazy man will not plow because of winter; He will beg during harvest and have nothing. Proverbs 20:4

"For while we were yet with you, we gave you this rule and charge: If anyone will not work, neither let him eat." 2 Thessalonians 3:10

1 posted on 04/04/2014 12:51:32 PM PDT by Kartographer
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To: Kartographer

“Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker;” Proverbs 17:5

I only mock stuipid people who are “poor” due to their own damned stuipidiity, especially when they have items that are more expensive than my own and they spend their meager money frivolously and cannot manage their own money because their priorites are all screwed up.


2 posted on 04/04/2014 12:55:40 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: Kartographer

“I have no doubt that the ‘Dead Beats’ crowd here on FR will have plenty to say about this. “

Wow, why are you starting out a post with such a judgmental first sentence? No one has even commented yet.


3 posted on 04/04/2014 12:56:07 PM PDT by MNDude
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To: Kartographer

Forgot to add that in the last few years i have been helping my “Working poor” friends make ends meet who have been screwed over by obamacare policies...


4 posted on 04/04/2014 12:56:42 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: GraceG

Haitians are poor, there are no “poor” people in the US. Just those who have less then others, but that doesn’t make them “poor.”


5 posted on 04/04/2014 12:57:04 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Kartographer

Nice story. I think if everyone, was able to do something kind to another (just a kind word, buy them a bottle of water, etc.) in their circle of influence (just around them, where they are), i can’t imagine how many paying-it-forward acts there would be? How a kind word or a simple act may REALLY make someone’s day?


6 posted on 04/04/2014 12:57:26 PM PDT by machogirl (First they came for my tagline)
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To: Kartographer

“You didn’t judge”

Yes they did , they judged you needed it more than they did


7 posted on 04/04/2014 12:58:25 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: dfwgator

I have no pity for the most all of the “poor” in this country.

Maybe after the collapse if they wake up I will have pity, in the meantime I do feel for people who are truly poor elsewhere around the world.


8 posted on 04/04/2014 12:59:01 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: GraceG

“I only mock stuipid people who are “poor” due to their own damned stuipidiity”

Don’t mock the “stupid”...


9 posted on 04/04/2014 1:01:07 PM PDT by varyouga
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To: Kartographer

When you are standing in line with someone or have personal contact with them, you are in a much better position to judge whether they truly need help or are just gaming the system.

It’s why faith-based charities are so much more effective than government programs.

Obviously the stranger sized-up the situation and determined that the lady was in distress. Kudos to him!


10 posted on 04/04/2014 1:03:27 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: dfwgator

Fat little kids with DebbieCake crumbs on their lips and iPhones are not poor.

A kid in Etheopia that gets a spoonful of rice a day... thats poor.

On a worlwide stage, if you own a pair of shoes, you are the 1%.


11 posted on 04/04/2014 1:04:33 PM PDT by envisio (Its on like Donkey Kong!)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
It’s why faith-based charities are so much more effective than government programs.

But that denies government their power, can't have that, according to Liberals, they should be the sole source of "Charity."

12 posted on 04/04/2014 1:05:18 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Kartographer

I wish opportunities like this were presented to me every day.

Maybe they are and I just don’t see them. I’ll try harder.


13 posted on 04/04/2014 1:05:30 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: GraceG

My wife is from Mexico. When I first met her, I told her I was a poor American. After she came to visit me in USA, she was surprised and said “you’re not poor! You eat fast food all the time, you own your own car, you have a refrigerator and cupboard full of food. You have air-conditioning, etc. etc. You are RICH. I AM poor in Mexico!”

After we had been married a few years, we traveled to India on a mission trip. After she saw the conditions the people lived in there she said “I always thought I was poor in Mexico, but now I see that I was rich! At least I always had a roof over my head and knew that I would at least have beans to eat. These people are poor!”


14 posted on 04/04/2014 1:05:39 PM PDT by MNDude
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To: Kartographer

I love good news stories. Thank you.


15 posted on 04/04/2014 1:05:53 PM PDT by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: varyouga

Good point. If they are ignorant, it may be their own fault, but if they are truly stupid, well, that’s likely the way God made them.


16 posted on 04/04/2014 1:07:01 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Kartographer

Great story - thanks for posting!


17 posted on 04/04/2014 1:10:58 PM PDT by warsaw44
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To: dfwgator
Haitians are poor, there are no “poor” people in the US. Just those who have less then others, but that doesn’t make them “poor.”

___________________________________________

After working with the “poor” in this country and the poor in other countries, your statement is 100% correct.

18 posted on 04/04/2014 1:11:32 PM PDT by fungoking (Tis a pleasure to live in the Ozarks)
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To: andyk

Post of the day!
I will try harder too.
Thanks for the nudge.


19 posted on 04/04/2014 1:13:48 PM PDT by BykrBayb (Wagglebee please come home we miss you! ~ Þ)
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To: MNDude

There was a poignant piece of film on The Travel Channel where they went to the city garbage dump in Managua, Nicaragua.

There was a group of homeless children (there was a specific Spanish name for them which I don’t recall) who would wait around the periphery of the dump for the next trucks to arrive, and then descend on them with fury to dig through the newly arrived trash for something to eat.

THAT is poverty. We don’t HAVE poverty in this country.


20 posted on 04/04/2014 1:14:21 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Kartographer
But the the Bible has plenty to say about the Slothful:

"04 The lazy man will not plow because of winter; He will beg during harvest and have nothing. Proverbs 20:4

"For while we were yet with you, we gave you this rule and charge: If anyone will not work, neither let him eat." 2 Thessalonians 3:10

 

Did you stop to think that maybe this woman WAS slothful? Your points about us having hard hearts may be very well and good. But Jesus also said

The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me.
Mt. 26:11

21 posted on 04/04/2014 1:15:33 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Kartographer
Using your own money to help a stranger is a noble act.
Government taking your money to give to strangers is not.

22 posted on 04/04/2014 1:17:32 PM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: Responsibility2nd
The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. Mt. 26:11

That means you need to take his work. He expect you to help carry the weight.
23 posted on 04/04/2014 1:17:56 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: GraceG
"I only mock stuipid people who are “poor”"

Hopefully that will workout for you.

24 posted on 04/04/2014 1:18:48 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: MNDude

Been there don that and I have the tee-shirt. Look at the post already if you doubt me.


25 posted on 04/04/2014 1:19:35 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: dfwgator

From another thread:

...for heavily modified definitions of poverty.

One of my friends just cannot understand the definition Americans use for poverty. He lived with his mother, a couple of Aunts, his cousins, in his grandfathers house, with the goats on the other side of the room to keep them from being eaten by the leopards. He never had shoes until he was 12. From his view, he wasn’t in poverty...he had goats, a family, and access to the river. He went to the local Catholic school in the mornings, where he learned to read and write in his native language and English.


26 posted on 04/04/2014 1:20:11 PM PDT by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: GeronL

Everyone Judges. If I say I like you, that’s a judgement. Poeple who use that dodge use it because for judgements that don’t like.


27 posted on 04/04/2014 1:21:08 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer

I should clarify that to “Willfully ignorant”.

I define stuipid as someone who should know better and has the processing pawer in the cranium but chooses consiously to remain ignorant.


28 posted on 04/04/2014 1:21:36 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: Kartographer
I went on to click the link and read her story.

Rather than take the approach you did, you should have given a sentence or two to this mother's story.

She is no welfare queen.:

 

Through her blog, “True Stories of a Midwest Yankee,” Andrea documents “life unfolding,” through family tales about moving from the East Coast to the Midwest, with her many kids — one of whom has special needs and another with “9, yes N-I-N-E” food allergies, and all of whom are home-schooled. In her grocery store post, she notes she’s both “grateful and embarrassed” that her family has been on the government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) since her husband was laid off after 17 years with his former company, and that her family had, for a time, been homeless

29 posted on 04/04/2014 1:21:36 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: andyk

Bless you!


30 posted on 04/04/2014 1:22:29 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: GraceG

Ditto. I will bend over backwards to help the helpless but not the clueless.


31 posted on 04/04/2014 1:23:08 PM PDT by Fledermaus (I support Joe Carr in the TN GOP Primary against Lamar!)
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To: Kartographer

“Been there don that and I have the tee-shirt. Look at the post already if you doubt me.”

Sorry, I don’t follow.


32 posted on 04/04/2014 1:23:20 PM PDT by MNDude
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To: Fledermaus

[ Ditto. I will bend over backwards to help the helpless but not the clueless. ]

NAILED IT!


33 posted on 04/04/2014 1:24:06 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: varyouga

>> Don’t mock the “stupid” <<

.
Right, they may get elected President next time.


34 posted on 04/04/2014 1:24:15 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: MNDude

Done these post before and I have seen them come out in droves.

The thing about giving is it isn’t realy about the recipient it’s about the good it does your own soul.


35 posted on 04/04/2014 1:26:13 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Responsibility2nd

Who do you think posted the thread?
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36 posted on 04/04/2014 1:26:40 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: editor-surveyor

Really? Beth Greenfield is Kartographer?


38 posted on 04/04/2014 1:29:59 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Kartographer

yeah, I’d agree with that. After reading more into the story, this woman and her family do look more like decent American down on their luck rather than someone who likes living off the system.


39 posted on 04/04/2014 1:30:00 PM PDT by MNDude
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To: Kartographer
Not saying this is the case in your post Kart but around here it is a well known scam for young attractive women with kids to get in line at the store and have a “problem” with the welfare debit card. My favorite grocery checker will point them out with a nod to warn good Samaritans off.
40 posted on 04/04/2014 1:30:17 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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To: Kartographer

I don’t think an opinion is judging, I don’t pass sentence then it’s not judging


41 posted on 04/04/2014 1:30:39 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: GraceG

I have been through the depression days/years of the 1930s. Our family of four used welfare hand outs several times. My brother, killed on Okinawa WWII and I a vet at one time only had the paltry earnings of my mother to live on when she could find work. I have seen desire for the good things in life turned into a grab fest for the indolent who seem to think/believe everybody owes them what is out in the world especially those electronic toys and tickets to movies and ballgames. I have been the receiver and a giver as to help to other persons and I do believe there are people deserving of help to get on with a no frills living but I have no feelings to give anything to the societal parasites.


43 posted on 04/04/2014 1:32:26 PM PDT by noinfringers2
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To: F15Eagle

But even when you make that occasional mistake it doesn’t lessen the good you did for your own sake.

I remember a while back when that New York cop brought the barefooted homeless guy a pair of shoes. The mockers had a field day on here making fun of the cop for wasting his money. But someday he will stand in front of the Lord and his act of kindess will shine and the Lord will remember and smile upon it, but how will the mockers explain their actions?


45 posted on 04/04/2014 1:32:53 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: MNDude

Thanks for sharing. Poor is totally relative.


46 posted on 04/04/2014 1:33:39 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: GeronL

What is is?


47 posted on 04/04/2014 1:34:02 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Responsibility2nd

Who posted the thread?
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48 posted on 04/04/2014 1:34:09 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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Seems that many peoples hearts have grown so hard that they no longer understand acts of just plain everyday kindness. They worry about being 'cheated' more then what an act of compassion can do for your own soul.

That is another, less talked about, evil of our welfare system. It builds animosity between those paying taxes and those receiving benefits to the point where the 'payers' feel they have done enough by having their wages confiscated. They may misdirect their anger at the government towards the truly needy. And, yes, there are needy people even in the U.S.

49 posted on 04/04/2014 1:34:26 PM PDT by tnlibertarian (Beat Lamar! And, if that doesn't work, let's defeat him in the primary.)
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