You know we have been so blessed to have the ministry that God has given us. We get to know people we would never expect to have been in our lives. We are blessed continually by them all. Yes, we get hurt, but God blesses us more abundantly that we could ask or think!
With the ministry we have, we have had much more cause to spend time downtown. You know, DOWNTOWN … with the people….the place we only go when we have “Official” kind of business…that place that is a dichotomy of the the well dressed professional and the poorly dressed local… that place we all like to pretend doesn’t really exist.
Several times, I have had time to just sit and watch. My heart is continually broken. So much hurt. So much brokenness. So much bitterness. My heart breaks for the hard professional who scurries about their business and walks past the masses smugly. My heart breaks for those being passed and looked down upon. So many people, so many stories.
Now, I know that so many of these people are in their current circumstances by their own devices. I realize that there are people that you can help and no matter what will use and abuse you. I know this. We have seen it. But, just think if our circumstances solely relied on what we deserved to get! I don’t get what I deserve because I am covered by GRACE. But, we chose to walk by those that we feel are just getting what they deserve?
A friend of ours just spent time with another friend down at Janet Wattles. She was broken at the sight of the people. The people that were hurting. The people who were sick. The people who just longed for positive human contact. Her words reminded me of my first few visits to heart of our city.
So many people.
So much pain.
So much hurt.
And, what are we doing about it?
Sometimes, it just takes a smile. Some people just need a smile. A kind look.
You never know how God may use you. You just have to be willing.
You have to be willing to give a little something of yourself.
You have to be willing to let go of a little something.
You have to step out of your box.
Who knows how God may use you.