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“Be completely humble + gentle, be patient, bearing with one another in love.” -Ephesians 4:2
My mom and her sisters went to Chicago to visit a long time friend + when they were there, they unfortunately came upon several people who were homeless. They decided to take their dinner left overs to the first struggling person they came across. After giving him a box full of still hot food, he asked them what it was. Answering with “It’s a chicken salad sandwich,” they quickly saw the man’s face wrinkle up with dislike. He refused saying, “No, I don’t like that.” Not a typical response for someone who was truly in need. A little discouraged + a lot confused, my mom + aunts walked, rejected down the Miracle Mile. Within a block or two, they spotted another person who looked like he could use a hot meal. Even though a few questionable thoughts planted from the homeless man before fogged their mind, they extended the chicken salad sandwich to him. This time, the response they received was nothing but gratitude + desperation + relief…Sharing that this was his first hot meal he could remember in his recent situation. As my family crossed the busy intersection, they looked back at the college educated, jobless businessman as he finished his last bite.
Don’t let the first type of person discourage you from truly helping the second. If my mom + her sisters would’ve let the first man dictate their feelings towards every person in need, the second wouldn’t have experienced God’s love. It’s easy to get jaded by different people or situations, but if you keep Ephesians 4:2 in your mind…you will be able to light up a corner of someone’s life they thought was never possible.