Sunday, November 26, 2017

Helping the homeless

After the past several months I have been going downtown in my area to feed the homeless with a special woman I have met in my life. I have to say it was fun at first and I enjoyed it. However, after a period of time I started to think why are we feeding people that have made bad decisions and we as society come along and enable them? If we continue to help them what incentive for change is there? This is a horrible place of mind to come from and I asked the Lord to help me with it. I have repented from that frame of mind and I am embarrassed to say that I thought that way.

You see it's so easy to live in a world where we take things for granted. If you are like me then you have a car and a job and a place to live; and I forgot - food to eat. We have all the "creature" comforts and complain about silly things such as the supermarket being out of our favorite snack, the remote being out of reach or the wifi not loading fast enough just to name a few. However, when we live in a world like this we take things like this for granted. At least we can go to the supermarket in a car to buy food, at least we have a TV and blessed to have a phone with internet to go with it. The people that are homeless don't have anything. In my selfish world I thought to myself, if people weren't so lazy or got hooked on drugs they wouldn't be in that situation. But, the truth be known, who am I to judge them? Sure they may have made mistakes but who hasn't? For one, who am I to judge their situation without knowing anything about them? As I asked the Lord to deal with me on this, this came to my mind:


"For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God" - Romans 3:23

AND


"While we were yet sinners Christ died for us" - Romans 5:8 


I started thinking about it and realized it is my fault that I have sinned and I have chosen sin when I was a sinner. As a result, why should God forgive me? I got myself into the situation of sin right? And this is what I realized. Even in my darkest times of being a sinner Jesus came and died on the cross for me when I didn't deserve it. He took the place for me on the cross. And it is by grace that I am saved through faith. 

"For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast" - Ephesians 2:8-9

When I realized this a light in my head went off. I realized that by feeding and helping the homeless is showing them grace and mercy just as Christ would. He feed the multitudes with fish and bread. He didn't ask what their situation was. And here is the kicker - if we as Christians don't show the love of Christ to the homeless then who will? We are His hands and feet. To be as Christ we have to be servants and do what Christ DID. 

So now I am even more motivated to go out and try to reach the homeless. By not judging them and showing them grace and mercy it is the least that I can do for what Christ did for me - by giving me grace and mercy for the sins I have committed. I don't deserve God's grace and forgiveness and no matter how hard I try I will never be able to repay it with being good. In fact, the Bible says that our righteousness is like filthy rags to Him. 

If you haven't ever helped feed the homeless or helped them in anyway I encourage you to do so. It is a blessing to be a blessing to others. I am thankful that God opened my eyes to this and I hope he will open your eyes too. 




Monday, March 31, 2014

What exactly is wisdom? 

 

"The decisions you make in life will ultimately determine the quality of life in which you live" - unknown author. 


Different people have different viewpoints about what wisdom really is. Some people look at it like some sort of "philosophy" but this couldn't be further from the truth. Real wisdom is very simple once you learn the concept about what is really is. The wisest man on earth was King Solomon spoken of in the Bible. This is the formula for wisdom from Proverbs: "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom..." Proverbs 9:10. What is the fear of the Lord? "The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate" Proverbs 8:13. Therefore, wisdom in a nutshell is the art of making good decisions. PERIOD. It must be a decision to hate evil or sin if you will. You can do this on many levels. I would say that the main thing holding people back from being wise or making wise/good decisions is pride. If you learn to let go of your prideful ego you will go much further in terms of not only finance but other areas of life as well.

Like my headline says, "Good Decisions = A Good Life" ("Good" meaning with the right perspective of course). The opposite is also true. Bad decisions leads to a bad or crummy life. Simple as that. Think about it. Take for example someone buys a brand new gas guzzling SUV because of style and "coolness" rather than MPG especially if one has to drive a long distance to work 5 days a week or more. This decision means a higher monthly payment not including more expensive insurance and more gas consumption. Financial stress can cause relationship issues thereby leading to lower quality life. Of course this is just one example, but can you see how decisions can cause chain reactions of other unplanned events?

OK so how does one go about making good decisions then? The only way to learn how to make good decisions is simple - Gain more Knowledge. The more you know about your decision the better off you are in making it. You must be INFORMED. This isn't very fun. Most people want things handed to them. We live in a "microwave" society where we are inpatient and want things NOW. People don't want to put in the hard work to get ahead in life. They put limits on themselves. Saying such things as, "I'm just not good at computers. They are too complicated for me". What they are really saying is, "I don't want to put in the hard work to learn how they work for me to get better at operating one". There are a lot of issues here. One is low self esteem in thinking that they aren't very smart to begin with so why try? They feel intimidated by something they don't know anything about. Other people are just plain lazy when it comes down to it. For example some may say, "I just don't have the time to learn about computers". Maybe they are too tired after work or have "better things to do" such as watching TV or playing on Facebook etc... By the way watching TV is your number one enemy when it comes to becoming wise - it is TIME SUCKER!

So yes, becoming wise is an "easy" concept but it still takes time and effort. This is why the Bible says, "consider the ant thou sluggard" in Proverbs 6:6. Ants don't sit around they are constantly working. So be informed/knowledgeable, don't be lazy, and don't be prideful - coupled with the right perspective of course.

Why become wise? To have a great life. To live longer, to get the best deals on things; the ability to get the best return on your investments. And, once you have it, it cannot be stolen. Subscribe to the blog and learn more about how to become wise.