It was typical drive through Hampton. As I waited at a stoplight, my eyes were drawn to this man clutching this sign. Immediately, I was captured by the amount of hurt and anger in his eyes. I was so captivated that I immediately made a U-Turn. I picked him up some food, parked, and went out to talk to him.
(I asked his permission to take his picture because I’m hoping it will impact someone the way it impacted me.)
This is not the first time I saw a sign that stopped me dead in my tracks. I was in Washington D.C. for Spring Break, and my friend Emma and I saw a homeless man with a sign that said “This isn’t what I wanted to be when I grew up.” That sign humbled me. It reminded me how homelessness can happen to anyone and most do not chose to be homeless. This isn’t what they “dream of” either.
While in NYC and in D.C., I noticed that the homeless are often treated like less than humans. Many times, people do not even acknowledge their presence. Homeless are often ignored and treated as less than. There have been online videos, where actors have played homeless individuals in need of medical attention and people walked right past them or ignored them.
We, as humans, especially as Christians, we need to CARE. Not just donate our time and money once in a while, But REALLY CARE. Many times, we are more likely to share a status, a video, or an article about helping the homeless rather than ACTUALLY helping them. Why is that? It’s time for us all, especially Christians, to get out of our comfort zones and DO SOMETHING!
We all give the excuse that we don’t have money (you can buy a meal at McDonalds for under $5 or buy a bottle of water for cheap) or time (it doesn’t take long to stop and talk to someone, to show you care- I promise).
Stop making excuses and make it happen! Be the change in this world!
But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
My brother had an amazing experience with an elderly homeless man in a wheelchair, struggling to get onto the sidewalk. The man confided in my brother how he struggles daily trying to get onto this sidewalk and how no one ever stops to help him. He was a War Vet and was honored that my brother would take the time to help him and speak to him.
God calls us to be HIS hands and feet. We are called to love, to serve, and to care!
I encourage you to go outside your comfort zone. Have some food or water in your car, so you can give it out, when needed. Stop and talk to the homeless and ask if you can pray for them or help them. You may be pleasantly surprised by their answers.
More than anything, genuinely care!!
You will be surprised how lonely many of them are. They just want someone to “see” them, acknowledge them…make them feel “human”.
Many desire someone to just care, to acknowledge them, to give them a little bit of time. That’s Free and wouldn’t cost you a thing, so no more excuses….
Like NIKE says, “Just Do It”!