Lessons from a home­less per­son

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I Peter 5:5 “Like­wise you younger peo­ple, sub­mit your­selves to your el­ders. Yes, all of you be sub­mis­sive to one an­other, and be clothed with hu­mil­ity, for “God re­sists the proud, But gives grace to the hum­ble.”

We have a num­ber of young men that sit out in the street next to our of­fice, mak­ing a liv­ing by safe­guard­ing parked ve­hi­cles and the own­ers give them small amounts of money or loose change as a to­ken of ap­pre­ci­a­tion. Over time, one of them has be­come some­one I speak to on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, I have al­ways found his wit and dry sense of hu­mour hi­lar­i­ous. Dur­ing our con­ver­sa­tions he has shown such great prom­ise through the ap­pli­ca­tion of his mind and what he shares with me.

The other day a col­league of mine came into my of­fice a lit­tle shocked at an en­counter she had just had with this young man. I think in dis­em­bark­ing from the car, she had not ac­knowl­edged or greeted the young man who was stand­ing next to her car. So the young man boldly said to her “Do you know that we don’t go to school just to gain aca­demic knowl­edge, but to also ac­quire ba­sic so­cial skills and eti­quette, and it’s im­por­tant to be cour­te­ous to ev­ery­one at all times?”

My col­league was so taken aback at this burst of wis­dom that it left her think­ing and she said to me “I have just learnt a les­son, never look down on, or un­der­es­ti­mate any­body based on their ap­pear­ance or their cir­cum­stances.” Who would have thought that this young man is so in­tel­li­gent and that the sim­ple act of greet­ing them would be so sig­nif­i­cant that they would point it out?

We all have this weak­ness where we pre­fer to ac­knowl­edge suc­cess­ful peo­ple or peo­ple of stature, and we choose to ig­nore the peo­ple that we think are be­neath us or do not hold any po­si­tion of value in so­ci­ety or we think they can­not be of ben­e­fit to us in any way.

Hu­mil­ity is not only the act of be­ing mod­est but more im­por­tantly a state of mind that says “you mat­ter as much as I do and I will serve you like every­body else.” Un­for­tu­nately, our in­flated egos make it dif­fi­cult for us to be ser­vant lead­ers, to be peo­ple who seek to do for others.

We may not fully un­der­stand what leads bril­liant young men to the streets, to a life without prospect and how they got to that stage but one thing is cer­tain, God can use who­ever He de­sires to min­is­ter. We have ac­cus­tomed our minds to only learn from a cer­tain class of per­son, but ev­ery­one who was cre­ated by God can be used in a mighty way for His glory.

As I thought of the shock and amaze­ment on my col­league’s face, I thought of all the wasted op­por­tu­ni­ties that God has pre­sented to us that we have missed be­cause we have failed to lis­ten to the voices that have been sent to us be­cause they do not meet cer­tain stan­dards.

Make a de­lib­er­ate ef­fort to look at peo­ple through the eyes of the Lord, be­cause He cre­ated all of us in His im­age and though that im­age may not be up to the stan­dard you per­ceive to be right with you, ev­ery­one He has given life to, He has given a pur­pose.

Al­low the Lord to hum­ble your heart to be more ac­cept­ing of others, and you will be sur­prised at just who He may use to help you along life’s way.

Be blessed

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