It doesn't matter whether he was scamming us. I think what matters is whether I am willing to help a stranger in need. I hope he was telling the truth. I hope his offer to pay it back (which we declined) was genuine. But that's not the point. Maybe my recent "luck" in selling things, and finding great deals has not actually been to build my stash and let me buy the pretty things I want? Maybe there is another purpose for it?
I am normally the type of person who cannot stand the thought of someone else breaking the rules. But somehow today I have managed to not care whether I just threw $40 down the drain. If he was telling the truth, I'm so glad we could help him. If he wasn't, I truly hope our "gift" will help to change him and that God will use it anyway.