Monday, October 30, 2006

Change is Dangerous

Change is dangerous to everyone.
Change is also the secret to successfully reaching people on the streets. Something has got to give if a person is to go from homeless to having a home, and being restored to functionality. First we have to understand something, Man IS created with an overarching purpose. Every time I read the Bible, I see this purpose becoming more and more crystalized.

Our Universal Purpose as the people of God is to suffer with others and Change Things!!!

Change is dangerous to everyone.
It means giving up the comfortable rountine of "let's meet here" and "let's do this" and it asks us instead : "What is wrong here?" Nobody like finding out that there is something wrong, yet we all know there are some things that just don't make any sense whatsoever. I can't explain hurricanes, crack babies, good people who die, bad people who prosper, but I do know that I am here to change that. I am here, Created in the image of God because God wants me to change my environment. One thing that has got to change about homeless people is their living environment. If we love God, we will seek to live "quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may live properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one." 1 Thessalonians 4:11, 12 English Standard Version. The homeless lifestyle does not encourage such living conditions. I don't believe this passage teaches self reliance, I believe it teaches Godly reliance. All support networks break down eventually, and we need to learn that the "living" we make, and the quiet life are gifts from Him. Ecclesiastes teaches :

Ecclesiastes 3:10-15 I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. (11) He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man's heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. (12) I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; (13) also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil--this is God's gift to man. (14) I perceived that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it. God has done it, so that people fear before him. (15) That which is, already has been; that which is to be, already has been; and God seeks what has been driven away.

We long for eternity, but until then, enjoy the work and toil we do! It's what we've been given as a gift from God. I'll be remembering that tonite at work.

On a personal note:
My wife's grandmother passed away this morning at about 4am. She is 93 years old, and had a rough last couple of months. My Mother-in-Law is up in Louisville with her family right now. Kelly is unsure right now if she will make the funeral or not. Please pray for our family as we grieve through this time.

1 comment:

La. Bayou Rat said...

Peace comes with understanding if the understanding comes from God. My best to Kelly & her family as they say their goodbyes and you my own as well.