Don't you just love how God puts multiple "things" in your life to drive a point home?? It happens to me on a regular basis. I guess it is His beautiful way of getting my attention.
Let me give you all the clues first. Spending time with our neighbor Rock On, reading the book God in the Alley, just watched Freedom Writers, two weeks worth of Sunday messages about diversity, and finally our small little ministry that CJ and I run with beautiful hispanic kids from the "ghetto." Do you see the theme? Can you imagine what God is working on me with?
Perhaps, looking past the outside and getting to the inside of a person.
I finished God in the Alley this morning. This book, that I had assumed was just a collection of stories, greatly impacted me. The author and then the Holy Spirit, really pushed me to look beyond the persons appearance, smell, issues, and dysfunctionality and look for Jesus inside of them.
Is that possible? Is it possible that someone so deeply scarred and screwed up can teach me anything about my Lord and Savior?
Then I watched Freedom Writers last night. A movie about gangs in California, who were at the height of dealing with the Rodney King disaster, when a female English teacher comes into their lives. Her school room becomes a safe haven, a home, a place for these kids to actually grow and learn and even graduate high school.
God uses everything and anything to drive His point home. Movies, books, neighbors, "ministries" and even random opportunities are what He used for me.
The other day, I was sitting at a red light. I was in a "not so good" area of town. Sitting on the ground was a beggar. He kept yelling at me, asking for a few dimes. I kept ignoring him, feeling a bit fearful as he got up and started coming to the car. CJ finally just said, "not this time."
I felt defeated. I had money in my bag. I even wanted to give it to him. I really did. But because he was begging, looked homeless, and was yelling at me, I let fear over ride compassion.
For days that beggar has haunted my thoughts.
I have never in my entire life felt so white, so Caucasian, so middle class then now. I even look at my kids and swallow hard with the thoughts of how we are raising them.
Something has to change.
I have always considered myself a person who is non judgemental, non prejudice, non racial. And I still see myself that way. Yet, there is a deeper level then just what is morally right and taught to us. I believe its not about color, circumstances, past issues, money, etc.
It's about seeing JESUS CHRIST in all people, no matter what.
That is what God's getting my attention on right now.
Posted in: on Sunday, May 20, 2007 at at 6:12 PM