She’s a pretty girl. Talented, gifted, friendly, outgoing; yet, lonely, troubled, and searching! She’s willing to tell her story, and it’s full of life events that causes her plenty of grief. If you want to see more pictures, search “Invisible Humans” on Facebook. Like the Page and let me know what you think!
Today was an exciting day for me…a monumental day if you will! I have known Mike and Marsha for approximately 4 years…and today was the day that something exciting happened. Mike is an addict and drug dealer who loves Marsha, an addict who prostitutes herself to pay for their habits. Experiences of health issues, family death, abusive relationships, serious accidents/injuries, landed them in despair and in the streets of Flint fighting for their lives. No place to live, they “hustle” just to make enough money to get something to eat. With no health/dental care, their gums bleed and their bodies are filled with sores. With no roof over their head, their bodies smell and they long for a simple shower. They live from minute to minute and try to avoid human contact because of the judgement that comes from others who believe they can “help themselves.” As I met with them today over a meal at a local deli, God orchestrated something special (a Christian reporter, a Christian shelter counselor, and a Christian Men’s Shelter Director). After being told for 4 years (even by well meaning Christian people) that I should not “associate” with such people, I saw the hand of God work! Mike and Marsha will enter into a drug rehab program this weekend and will be transferred into a shelter for transitional living and professional development programs. Only God could do this! This is a long shot and both are in need of a miracle to make it through this journey. I am reminded that when God enters our lives and we have hit rock bottom, that we are eligible for His greatest blessings…in the form of a miracle! I’m not sure where our love should begin and end, but I am reminded that we’re not here for ourselves. I gave them a drive…I had to clean my truck. I spent an afternoon with them and it cost me a dinner and some toiletries. Such a small cost when compared to what God has done for us through His son on the cross. SO….where’s your sacrifice? Don’t miss the opportunity to invest in someone today…it’s the best return on your time and effort than anything else you can do! Not even a government shutdown can “crash the market” of human investments! By the way, the book that Marsha is holding in her hand is Crazy Love by Francis Chan. She is searching for how God can really love her?
The past few weeks have been full of tension and unresolved issues in my life. Anyone who knows me, knows that anything left unresolved is not a good thing for me. I have found myself feeling anxious, nervous, and even angry at times over feelings of injustice by others. THEN, I began to think of things I have always said to others. Like, “it’s not what happens to you, it’s what happens in you,” and, “You can’t control the wind, but you can always adjust your sails.” Getting a bit of your own medicine never feels very good, especially, when you really believe those things. Yesterday and today was such the case when I had to take a drive and ask myself, “is my life reflecting the DNA of Christ?” As Christians, we are called to be different. Not better…but different. Not only when our lives are balanced and things are going well, but also during times of false accusations, unfair treatment, and out and out deceit about you. Let’s look back to the life of Jesus. All these things happened (and more) and yet He loved….He accepted….He cared….He forgave. Ouch! What’s your DNA look like today? I’m working on mine!
des-ti-tute : (\’des-te-t(y)ut\
1: lacking something needed or desirable <a lake destitute of fish>
2: lacking possessions and resources; especially : suffering extreme poverty <a destitute old man>
Synonyms: beggar, broke, poor, down-and-out, famished, hard up, impoverished, indigent, needy, penniless, poverty stricken.
Her name (fictitious) is Karen …she’s 35 years old…she has 2 children…she’s stricken with guilt and shame…she can’t provide…she’s hungry…her family never met her needs growing up…she’s been beaten by every man in her life…she “uses” to burn the pain away…she sells herself to anyone who will pay (to support her habit and put food on the table)…yet, she’s worthy!
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Proverbs 31: 8
The below words were written by my 17 yr old daughter, Ani, for a class project. Ani is a junior at Grand Blanc HS in Grand Blanc, Michigan. She has a heart for serving others and has participated in various local missions opportunities. She has built a church in the tribal village of Muxeye, South Africa, and will be traveling to Belize this summer to provide for the less fortunate. I love her heart…read her words:
Judgmental eyes follow my every action.
I’m filled with loneliness, yet,
surrounded by many stares.
I can not reach other’s satisfaction;
There are few filled with compassion.
Wishing for a pillow other than the broken road,
I dream people would see me as one other than a poor Pariah.
I live in a world set on an unknown mode.
Children’s pointing fingers ask,
“Why is that man shoeless and dirty?”
I push away the unwanted judgement,
For they do not have the right to judge my life.
I seek for a splinter of hope,
as I look up to see the eyes of God shine through a young child say,
This morning I listened to the “live” confession of Tiger Woods on national television. By now we all know the story…it has created national attention among the media. Where did Tiger go wrong? I suppose we will all have our opinions, ideas, and advise. The sad part of his story is that it could happen to anyone! In the scripture there’s a story of a great man who is described as “a man after God’s own heart.” King David fell…and so could you! I think we get into a position in life where we don’t pay attention and we become “at risk” to anything!
There are many distractions in life…money, fortune, fame, popularity, selfishness, boredom, and the list goes on and on and on! We get distracted and become vulnerable to doing things that could destroy our lives (and the lives of others). So PAY ATTENTION….You could be next!
Sometimes there are no warning signs. Pay Attention!