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Saturday, April 14, 2012

A Great Book with a powerful message..

I recently finished a book, "Same kind of different as me."  This book was recommended to me by more than a few people and I honestly don't know what took me so long to finish it.  The message is simple but yet profound.  It is a message that is similar, if not the same that I teach to our volunteers working with the hurting...Move hearts. Change lives.  Make an impact.  Faith that Works attempts to move a person's heart toward love and caring for "the least of these," as described in Matthew 25.  The Lives that are changed is two fold-the volunteer and the person we help.  The last, make an impact is something I feel particularly passionate about.  I want to leave this life knowing I did something of worth, that I did not waste my time here thinking that I am the point.  I am not the point, Jesus is and if I could be so lucky to be used by HIM to make an Impact, I count myself blessed.

Following is a review for Same kind of Different as Me-
Ron Hall is a wealthy international art dealer who travels the world buying and selling rare and expensive works of art. He has grown rich but has also grown selfish and has grown away from his family. When Ron Hall reluctantly volunteers at a homeless shelter (at the insistence of his wife) he soon comes into contact with Denver, a man his wife is convinced is going to change the city. Denver grew up as a sharecropper in Louisiana, living a life that seemed little different from the life of his ancestors one hundreds years before. He eventually walked away from the cotton fields and found that, while life on the streets of Fort Worth was difficult, it was easier than being a sharecropper. It was here, in a homeless shelter, that the two men met, one serving food and the other being a reluctant recipient of this charity.

Today a small group of us will be in tent city, serving the homeless.  I am reminded every time that I am amongst the homeless that I don't get it.  I am so selfish, so "caught up" in me that I could easily miss what God is calling me to.  I realize more and more- I am not the point.  Helping another is not particularly honorable or amazing- it is something we as believers are Commanded to do.   When we obey this, we are changed.  God allows us to feel the pain of our lack in the face of helping another, showing us that we need just as much help as the homeless person.   If we enter outreach with this attitude of humility, asking God what he is going to reveal in our character, we may just walk away like Ron Hall in Same kind of different as me- changed.   We may just come away with a little humility and extra measure of grace.  We may just learn what love truly is and begin living our life with the realization that we are not the point and find  joy in knowing it too!


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