At one point in my late 20’s I had to make a choice. To get rid of my dog or go homeless. I did what any country boy would do. I read Where the Red Fern Grows as a kid so I went homeless. Winter, freezing, homeless. I was lucky enough to have enough friends and a vehicle that I didn’t have to sleep on the streets but I sure do understand some part of what the homeless get to enjoy (sarcasm).
Sometimes we too get a taste of a certain thing or event but we don’t get to witness it as some less fortunate who live it. Day in day out they are homeless. They don’t have a vehicle or caring friends or any of that. They don’t have food or a shelter or medical care.
Is this the poor and fatherless that we are to reach out to? I think so. Sometimes being poor is just also being ill equipped to face the world in a good manner. Sometimes being poor is not being hungry for food but for knowledge. Sometimes we have to be Wrecked as Jeff Goins discuss in his same titled book.
So, we see people on our block who are yelling at their kids, screaming at their spouse and can’t keep their yard spotless. What should we do to help? We could offer to take their kids to church, clean their house, or offer the couple a date night. A much nicer thing than judge them and ignore them and their problems. So, remember this, some people had crappy role models and don’t know how else they could go about raising their kids, being married or taking care of their stuff. Go help them out. Go volunteer to them. They will probably turn you down but you keep trying.
I was fortunate, many others are not. I still fail as a human and as a parent and as a husband but nobody bothers to give me pointers or help out by watching the kids. It ticks me off so I finally wanted to say something about this and get it off my chest. I’m that guy that yells at his kids and I’m sorry to them for that. My father beat the snot out of me and belittled me. I’m glad I’m not doing that. But, seriously people, go without judgement and help those who sure need it. It doesn’t even have to be with money. Sometimes the little things change people more than money. Time and lack of judgement and love do God’s work quite nicely.