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Posted on: 7-15-112014

In the past few days, I have seen or heard three things that really spoke to my heart.  Today, I saw a couple on the side of the road who were obviously having some difficult times. They had a sign up asking for help because they were homeless and living in their car.  A lady was pulled up next to them and was unloading bags out of the trunk of her car to give them.  I just caught a glance at a couple of bags, but it looked as if there were groceries in one bag and some clothing in the other bag.  It struck me that this woman must have seen them there and went home or to a store to get them some things, or she had these things in her trunk just waiting for the opportunity to help someone.  Either way, I was touched by her compassion.  I thought about how many times I have passed people like this and thought I should do something to help, but then I went on my way and never gave them a second thought. Second, I heard a story on the radio about a lady whose husband kissed her, told her good-bye, and then left for work just like he did every morning.  A couple of hours later, a sheriff’s officer was at her door serving her divorce papers.  She was totally caught off guard and even more so when he kicked her and their six-year-old daughter out of the house.  She said she didn’t have anything except her car.  She talked about how devastated her daughter was and how hard it was to try to explain to her why her daddy didn’t want to see her anymore.  She was so scared about the future, but her church family came to her rescue.  She said that someone helped her by allowing her to stay in their rent house rent free for two years, others dropped off furniture, clothing, dishes, etc. to help her fill that house, and an elderly couple paid all of her expenses for the next two years so that she could focus on attending college and taking care of her daughter without having to worry about working .  I was amazed by the outpouring of love shown to this woman and her daughter.  Finally, my pastor shared something in his sermon on Sunday that has been on my mind ever since.  He was talking about a young man that he met on a recent airplane ride.  The young man was sharing a little bit about his life and told my pastor how he really wasn’t raised in church, but his grandmother always made sure he went in the summer when he spent time with her.  He said this was what led him to Christ as an adult.  All of these stories share one thing…people making a difference in other people’s lives.  These are some words  from Jason Gray’s song “With Every Act of Love”:

God put a million, million doors in the world
For His love to walk through
One of those doors is you
As Christians, we have to be the door through which God’s love walks through to the world.

“And let us not grow weary while doing good for in due seasons, we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:9-10

 

 

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