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Sam walked out of supermarket with three bags of food. A prime beef roast. A frozen seafood platter with Orkney crab pate, coriander prawns, Atlantic prawns, tiger prawns with various side dishes and dip, along with a £ 20 bottle of Argentinean red wine. Well, I deserve it; he thought to himself. He sold three cars that day and he thought he would surprise the wife.
When he stepped out of the store, a weak voice in the chilling darkness said, ‘Hello, sir.’ He looked down and observed a young girl with deep-sunk eyes and an emaciated face that disclosed a troubled life.
Huh! Drug addicts, he thought.
That night he woke. Something was bothering him. He couldn’t put his finger on it. The he realised; it was his lack of empathy for the young woman outside the store. He recalled a lesson from his university days. It was his first year studying social psychology, and he watched a video as part of the module. It was about a man in one of the city streets who had been a drug addict from the age of twelve. His father, an addict, would give the boy cannabis to dull the pain of his absent mother when he was twelve years old. He was left addicted and, on the streets, when his father died.
Goodness! He thought. There are reasons why people become addicts. What’s the story this young girl has?
The following night, he finished work and went to the supermarket. She wasn’t there. He tried the next night and found her sitting there in -4. “Do you have a home?” he asked.
“My boyfriend found another partner and threw me out, but, thank you sir, I have a hostel at the moment.”
‘Please take this’ as Sam handed her an envelope. Then went home.
‘Do not withhold good from those whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.
Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back tomorrow and I will give it to you”
—when you already have it with you. Proverbs 3:27,28. (NIV).