'...whatever you did for one of the least of these...you did it for me.' Matthew 25:40 NIV
Her parents didn't want her, so at birth they put her in foster care. Shuffled from place to place, she dreamed of the day they'd return. It never happened. So, she lashed out at the world by attempting suicide. Then through a series of events she found her parents again. She lived with them but things were strained. When they told her they wanted to adopt a baby and 'start over,' she longed to be included. But when she said, 'I don't want to be a burden, so maybe I should go' her dad helped her pack. Cramming her possessions into a bin bag, he pressed ten dollars into her hand and said goodbye. Today she lives on the streets, sleeps in doorways and scrounges just enough food to live on.
Sadly, her story's not unique. In fact, there are many just like her in your town or city; forgotten, unloved and isolated. They're usually the hardest to reach because they feel unwanted and useless. They wrestle with inferiority, poor self-image and lack of self-respect. What do we do? Instead of loving them we label them. Instead of caring, we criticise. What should we do? Open our hearts. Love is much more than giving a bit of your loose change. Love takes time to develop and grow.
So what now? Every day look for new ways to reach out, encourage and show hurting people you care. Why? Because Jesus said, '...whatever you did for one of the least of these...you did it for me.' And you won't get a better reason than that!
Soulfood: 1 Sam 14-15, Matt 22:34-46, Ps 102:1-11, Prov 17:4-6