A question I get a lot from others is, "What do you do all day at your workplace?" After telling them about preparing for Sunday school, the children's message and youth group. And after I tell them about meetings, readings, and praying. And after I tell them about moving chairs, tables and putting more toilet paper in the bathrooms. When I start telling people about pre and post marital counseling, newsletter and bulletin information...people usually walk away before I can tell them about the anomalies.
Steven was homeless and was drunk.
I invited Steven to sit down and talk. He did. For an hour. We talked about everything from alcohol, to family, to Jesus. Steven told me about how alcohol ravaged his own life and the lives of his family. He told me about the many many cities and towns he had been roaming over the course of his life. He talked to me about his two children and how he has not seen them in over six years. Humorously, latter on in the conversation, Steven decided that I needed "a buddy." He said I needed someone outside of the church that I can just talk with. He then decided that he was that buddy. I said OK.
On our way out of the church, I ended up giving him a Bible and then we walked over to McDonald's for some food. We both had a sandwhich and then I bought him one more to bring with him. I also convinced the manager to give him a coffee on our way out the door.
When we left McDonald's, I asked if I could pray with him and he obliged. Afterward, I asked him to imagine what his life would be like without the drink. And how without the booze, he could use his life as a positive influence for others. After Steven walked away, I hoped that God would get ahold of him and that Steven would turn his life around.
All of this got me thinking:
You never know who God is going to bring into your life. The reason that I wrote about this is because something similar happened to me just last week. Maybe the reason God had entrusted these people to me is because I have shown myself faithful? I am not sure, but what I am sure about is when you are faithful with the little things then you will be faithful with the bigger things.
And this is about as BIG as you can get. God sending a hurting person your way... is perhaps like Him saying, "Of all the people in the world, I am sending Steven your way. So Anthony, look at his heart more than his clothes."
"I say unto you, 'whatever you have done to the least of these you have done to Me.'" Mathew 25:45