We all know moochers and freeloaders. They obliviously take and expect us to keep giving without even thinking of paying their way or even contributing their share. It does not occur to them that they should perhaps pay for the food and comforts provided them precisely to the person providing that food and comfort. Maybe you have helped someone who is always asking for help without appreciating or helping in return. I think that this condition comes from a combination of being cheap, self-absorbed, ungrateful, and manipulative. Some moochers pretend to pay their way via their own self-chosen methods, such as buying or cooking something . However, when push comes to shove, they do not want to contribute unless it is one their terms, in their methods, to persons of their choosing.
While such people can truly be a nightmare to live with, they provide us with a double lesson which is key for our salvation. First, despite how difficult, we are called to love and provide for such people within the realms of reasonable charity. This does not mean that we encourage vagrancy, laziness, or a lack of appreciation. Rather, it means that we set limits yet remain charitable and sacrifice our displeasures to a loving Christ Who has always taught us to not judge, to endure, to love, especially when it is most difficult to do so.
The other lesson which free loaders teach us is that, just as we detest such behavior in others, we too much not be that way with God. How many times do we pray, ask, demand, and push God to give us what we want, to favor us relentlessly, without regard to how well, how often, or how much we offer to give God something in return?
Let us offer our hand to others, even when they selfishly demand it. Let us offer our hand, not only to receive God’s great blessings but, just as importantly, to offer His great bounty of love, peace, and salvation to others through our efforts and love. May we increasingly reach out, not to ask as much as to give, and thus follow Christ ever more.
Copyright, 2013 Gabriel Garnica