Mark brought the book home from his office at lunch, so as soon as the lunch dishes were taken care of, I promptly sat down with a cup of hot tea to try again to get interested in this book. The first thing I learned right off the bat was that this is a true story--I had no idea of that before today. I began reading, and before I even realized it, I was on Chapter 4--and our challenge was to read chapters one and two! I guess you can say I'm hooked.
I'm glad to have been encouraged to read this book because it opens up another area of discussion that we don't always like to consider as being "discussion-worthy"--the homeless. I don't yet know enough about the book to tell you that I've learned much, but I do know that God loves homeless people just as much as He loves me. I also know He expects me to reach out to them when He prompts me to do so.
I looked at the website for "Same Kind of Different as Me" and came across a FAQ section. One of the questions and its answer really stood out to me and answers a question that many of us struggle with. This is what it said:
Question: "What do I do when a homeless person asks me for money?"
Answer: "If God puts it on your heart to respond, then give them money, and don't judge them for what they do with it...that's God's job and you will receive the blessing." (from www.samekindofdifferentasme.com)Just as with everything we encounter, I believe our job is to be obedient to God's calling on our life. The results and whatever follows is God's business, not ours.