A homeless man declares blessing to a 5-year-old little boy who cheerfully gave him all that he had and taught his dad a valuable lesson.
Little Boy’s Compassion To Homeless Man
One fine day, Justice Smith took his 5-year-old son Justus Mateo to drive around Nashville, Tennessee. Then while driving around, they saw a homeless man who moved their hearts to give. However, Justice was not able to bring cash with him while leaving home in a hurry. That’s when his son, Justus, offered to give the homeless man everything he had in his pocket.
The 5-year-old had only 30 cents in his pocket. And the dad wouldn’t want to give the homeless man such a small amount.
“It’s almost as if he heard my thoughts and responded out loud,” Justice wrote in a Facebook post. “I was more than happy he wanted to do this with joy (it means he’s been watching). But honestly I was hesitant. I didn’t want to give this man who clearly needed all the help he could get, just 30 cents. My own pride and thoughts of the homeless individual’s unknown reaction to receiving just two coins was standing in the way.”
But he told himself, “Dude get over it. This is what we’ve been teaching him and now that he wants to give everything he has to offer in this moment, you’re going to let your personal self-centeredness ruin a possibly life-long, great memory and solid teaching moment? Leading by example is what we’ve been teaching him, so now let him lead. Let him give what he can to this man.'”
According to Justice, he almost ruined his son’s values by his self-centeredness.
“I almost told my son, ‘Let’s wait to give until we at least have one dollar,'” he said. “I almost told our son by my inaction that what he had wasn’t enough. I almost showed him that what he sees as a good thing. And is in fact a good thing, isn’t good enough to make a difference in someone’s life. I almost taught him that pride was more important than helping another human.”
Hence, the father did the right thing and allowed his son to do what he wanted to do. He explained to the homeless man that he didn’t have any cash.
“But my son back here wants to give you everything he has right now. He just turned 5,” Justice told the homeless man.
The homeless had the biggest smile on his face when he heard about it. Then he told the little boy, “God bless you little man! Thank you so much!”
His son taught Justice a valuable lesson and shared what he learned from his little man.
“Our little boy, without even realizing it, reminded me once again by his actions that it’s always about the heart,” he added. “It doesn’t matter how much you have or how little; giving in love and sincerity will often bless others more than we think.”