The dictionaries all give the same description…having no home, lacking permanent residence. However, the condition of being homeless implies different things to different people.
Some see the homeless, who sleep under a viaduct or in a cardboard box as a make-shift shelter, as those who refuse to work, choosing to spend their time in a bottle.
Others sometimes see them as poor or mentally ill people who, sadly enough, are unable to maintain a work life to support himself/herself, much less a family.
With the current upheaval in the financial world, this segment of society will probably be growing by record numbers. Many are being ejected from their homes on a daily basis. Many have had the proverbial rug pulled out from under them, leaving them with no place to turn for shelter but their cars.
Therefore, this concept of the homeless is reforming, and, because of this, the perception of some toward the homeless needs altering as well.
What will your attitude be toward them? One of disdain or contempt (which means to think unworthy of notice or response), or will it be one of favor, love, and respect, thinking you could be one or two steps away from the same thing? Will it be a hand-out or a hand-up? Or no hand at all?
Though we, too, may be affected by this crazy economy, isn’t there something we can do without in order to help someone else? That’s what I’m going to figure out.
My heart has been so touched by a young homeless girl and her mother. I’m a giver at heart, and when I see someone in a desperate situation, my natural reaction is to help. However, my bank account usually disagrees with me! And this saddens me deeply. So I pray. Not that prayer is my last resort, not by a long shot. Prayer is always my first action, but I always desire to do more.
Because of the initial and ongoing efforts of Christian suspense author Brandilyn Collins, the plight of these two has become a mushrooming story of assistance, even making national news.
If you don’t believe Christian fiction can be used for the Lord, then you need to take a look at this. Brandilyn writes, “Liz has been a reader of my suspense novels for four to five years now. She has been struggling financially for some time. Each time a book of mine released, I’d send her a free copy. Liz would always reply with a handwritten, gracious letter. She’s been wonderfully encouraging to me.”
You can catch all the updates on Brandilyn’s blog…Forensics and Faith.
Another key person is Julie Bonn Heath Marketing. You can read her posts here…JBHMarketing
You can also read 16 year old Katy’s posts on her blog, called Destination Anywhere but Here… DestinationAnywhereButHere.
When Brandilyn heard from Liz, she went straight to her resources, the people. She spread the word and many giving people have responded. So far, money has been donated and Katy and Liz have been on two local networks, CNN, and Good Morning America will air an interview with them sometime in the next few days. You can keep up to date on it all on Brandilyn’s blog.
Paul wrote to the Philippians, “Don’t be selfish; don’t live to make a good impression on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself. Don’t think only about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and what they are doing.” (Phil. 2:3-4 NLT)
Has this been your attitude toward the homeless? If not, do you think it will change if your neighbor becomes homeless, or you do?
So, will you consider the plight of others, how degraded and lost they may feel and try to help rebuild their lives with a donation? Can you give them back their confidence, or encourage them, give them love, hope, and your prayers? Can you replenish another’s life in some way? Whatever you are able to do for another, I know the Lord will bless you.