The guy stands at the side of the road. You read his cardboard sign as you drive by.
“Homeless. Lost job. Can you spare some change?”
“I don’t think so,” you’d like to yell, “You probably make more money a day then me.”
But, you’ve heard the stories. Street people getting agitated. Fighting back. So you just look the other way. Maybe it is true. That they make more money than you.
There’s the scantily dressed women strolling down the sidewalk. You see them every time you drive down King George boulevard. A car slows to a stop. one of the women climbs in.
“Why doesn’t she just get off the street. Start a new life?” you wonder as you try to divert your children’s attention. No way do you explain that life style on the way home.
And, there’s the woman pushing a stroller. Kids hanging on each side. It’s food bank day. The only day the family gets to eat a decent meal.
“Should have thought of that before you got pregnant,”is what some folks say.
But, she didn’t. And, now there are other people involved. Small human beings.
So, what’s it to you and me?
Well, in another time, other circumstances we would very likely struggle, too.
Instead, we are lavished with blessings. The mercies of God. His grace.
So that we can give to others. Share. Reach out with compassion.
If we don’t, we are worse than just selfish. We are a curse to those in need.
The Foursquare Connecting Point, a very small church in Port Coquitlam British Columbia is doing it’s best to reach out.
They have a program called STAND FIRM ON HIGHER GROUND. Through weeks of practical teaching they are help “remove barriers that can keep people in the cycle of addiction, and other types of brokenness, and prevent them from becoming effective members of their community”.
Thing is, it’s working. People who struggle emotionally, physically and socially are getting a second chance to succeed.
Let’s face it. Most of us want to care. We just don’t know how.
Here’s a place to start.
Connecting Point has a chance to obtain needed funds to include more people in their program. They just need your vote. Go to ttp://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf13562 and give them a hand.
Just a few seconds of your time can make a big difference.