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!
Think life is tough? How will you get through tomorrow? All everything high school football player…all everything Division I football player…special teams standout in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints…NOW, Steve Gleason being fed through an abdominal feeding tube and bound to a chair the remainder of his life because of ALS, takes his family on a trip. Don’t ever stop and let this man’s life inspire you!
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?
I love this picture I came across recently that shows how things used to be in media, and are now. I have also recently compared some business approaches to change in other venues and was reminded what happened to Atari and Kodak. When they claimed bankruptcy both companies confessed, “they were asleep at the wheel.” Other companies were brighter, more visionary, more willing to risk, making internal changes that effectively made them more successful externally, and listening to their customer needs. The church is no different, we must be willing to change to meet the needs of the people. If we can reach them through social media, then we should make our way there. If we need to be more “web-savvy” to connect people, then we need to plan accordingly. If what we do is considered outdated by the masses, guess what, the masses will not stay. Please hear me…I am NOT talking about God’s truths found in scripture changing. I am speaking to an issue of style and connectivity…neither of which we should be fearful of. I’m not looking for the next best band, or performance…just a bit of willingness to get out of old habits that have nothing to do with God’s word and more willingness to place the needs and desires of others above our own (as long as those needs don’t conflict with the word of God). So, let’s be willing to give up our “spot that we’ve always sat in” and move over for the person intrigued but not yet committed to Christ!
Everywhere I look, I find people fighting for (or against) something. A big fight in Michigan is with the union and the recent passage of law making our state a “right to work” state. Gay marriage is the big fight in Seattle who just made gay marriage legal. The right to bear guns is another fight that is a “hot button” in many states. The NFL is dealing with the recent murder/suicide by one of their players and his girlfriend. Another development just yesterday was the death of an NFL player who was killed while riding in a car (driven by another NFL player) while alcohol had been involved…and some are fighting to hold the NFL responsible. I was just in PT (physical therapy) this morning and next to me was a recent US Marine who was rehabbing injuries sustained while fighting for our country in Afganistan. No simple injuries, but shrapnel in his brain, loss of his left eye, and other multiple injuries throughout his body. He said, “I would go and do it all over again to support my country!” We are now heading towards a “fiscal cliff” (as the news media puts it) and the Democrats and Republicans can’t get along with one another or agree on most anything. Seems as though each party is always fighting with the other! But still, we all fight for what we believe in! Take a look at the attached pictures…look CLOSELY into their eyes. They are also fighting…for a clean drink of water! We are so busy with our own fight (and some are important ones) while we miss those near us (or far away in Guatemala). Let’s not get so busy with our own fight that we miss the opportunity to help others. Maybe taking our attention off some of these things could help us to love others differently…then maybe there would be no fightleft in us (or at least the need to win)? Don’t get so “hung up” in your fight that you forget the good word that teaches us to love. During her life, there were “fights” all around her, but she continued (until her death) to love those less fortunate. She lived in squaller while she single handedly raised more money to fight poverty than any one person in history. Mother Teresa fought the good fight! What are you fighting for?
Want to win your fight? Go give your life away and you’ll forget what you were fighting about!
Project for clean water…
“Is Christ making you more loving, or more right?” This quote was taken off Donald Miller’s FB page. I thought it was worth repeating (and asking). I think the world might answer this question (about Christians) a bit differently than we might answer it ourselves? Think it over…which is you?