Have you ever been homeless? In this economy, maybe you have been, are, or close to experiencing it. I’ve been close to it…three times.
The dictionaries all give the same description: having no home, lacking permanent residence. However, the condition of being homeless implies different things to different people.
Some see the homeless, those who sleep under a viaduct or in a cardboard box as a make-shift shelter, as those who refuse to work, choosing to spend their time in a bottle.
Others sometimes see the homeless as poor or mentally ill, who, sadly enough, are unable to maintain a work life to support himself/herself, much less a family.
With the current upheaval in the financial world, this segment of society is growing by record numbers. Many are being ejected from their homes on a daily basis. Many have had the proverbial rug pulled out from under them, leaving them with no place to turn for shelter but their cars.
The perception of the homeless is evolving. What is your attitude toward the homeless? One of disdain or contempt (which means to think unworthy of notice or response)? One of mere tolerance or plain pity?
Do you think it will change if your neighbor becomes homeless? Will it change to one of compassion, love, and respect, thinking you could be one or two steps away from the same thing? Will you offer a hand-out or a hand-up? Or no hand at all?
Though we, too, may be affected by this crazy economy, isn’t there something we can do in order to help someone else?
Paul wrote to the Philippians, “Don’t be selfish; don’t live to make a good impression on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself. Don’t think only about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and what they are doing.” (Phil. 2:3-4 NLT)
*So, will you consider the plight of others, how degraded and lost they may feel and try to help rebuild their lives with a donation to a local shelter or church?
*Can you give them back their confidence, or encourage them with kindness and caring?
*Will you give them love, hope, and your prayers?
*Can you replenish another’s life in some way?
Whatever you are able to do for another, I know the Lord will bless you.
From His feet, Lynn
Since the year 2000, Lynn Mosher has lived with fibromyalgia and other physical conditions. During this time, the Lord placed the desire in her heart to write for Him. Now, armed with God’s purpose for her life and a new passion, she reaches out to others to encourage and comfort them through her writing, giving God all the glory. She lives with her husband in their empty nest in Kentucky . On occasion, the three offspring, who have flown the coop, come to visit, accompanied by a son-in-law and three granddaughters. lynnmosher.blogspot.com twitter.com/lynnmosher facebook.com/LynnMosher linkedin.com/pub/lynn-mosher/11/146/206