Kenyada Tyler was driving down the road when she saw something so many of us pass by on an everyday basis—a man with a sign, asking for help—for any help.
Tyler, a small business owner, noticed that the source of this man’s woes came from having been laid off for too long, so she decided to offer him some labor work.
“I walked over to him and I gave him my business card and told him a little bit about my business and what he can help me with,” Tyler wrote. Then the man, Richard, came out with his story. A few months ago, he had been laid off, and things started getting harder and harder. Now his cellphone service had been cut and he was on the verge of being evicted, and he was embarrassed to be standing on the side of the road asking for money, but he didn’t know what to do.
“He repeatedly said that he wasn’t a lazy bum, he is a tree climber and cutter and has worked in that field for 20 years,” Tyler wrote. “He is just a good guy having a hard time and had exhausted all of his resources.”
But people seeing him don’t know that—they drive by and yell “Get a job, you stupid lazy bum!”—they don’t know how many applications he had been sending out, or that he now had no phone for businesses to contact him by.
Hearing this, Tyler decided she would help him along. She heard God telling her to pay for his cell service, and so she decided to cover two months worth of service.
The two of them headed into AT&T, and Richard cried as Tyler told him why she was doing this.
Afterward, Tyler decided she would treat him to a meal as well. But over lunch, not minutes after Richard got his phone service back, he got a text.
Excited, he read it out loud to Tyler.
“It was from one of the jobs that he applied to saying he could possibly have a job in two weeks in Kenai!!” Tyler wrote.
It was perfect timing on all fronts.
“Not everyone is lazy and an addict,” she added. “Extend your hand, don’t point!”