“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
– Nelson Mandela
This past month with all the terrible things you see on the news and in social media has made me realize something important. We all need to step up and make EVERYONE in our communities feel loved and welcomed. Black, white, brown, yellow, red, blue.. I don’t care what color you are, we are ALL God’s children.
The best way to counteract all this negativity in the world is to do something positive. I had a brief encounter with a homeless man today named Joshua. My goal was to do something kind for a complete stranger. Normally the people I meet and try to help ask me why I’m out here doing this, that’s when I get to talk about Jesus:)
Joshua came to Arizona from Florida in hopes to attend seminary school and mentor recovering drug addicts. He himself was addicted at one point but eventually got clean and found God.
Unfortunately after coming to Arizona, Joshua eventually fell back into his old habits and flunked out of school. He is too ashamed to tell his parents back in Florida of his current situation and is now living on the streets. He has been working with a local pastor and is making an effort to get back on his feet and fulfill his dream of helping others.
I didn’t get to talk to Joshua for as long as I wanted because I had to be somewhere. From the conversation we had, I can tell he is very intelligent and has a great heart. I know someday he will make his dream a reality and hopefully change many lives along the way.
The one thing that’s going to make a difference in this world is getting rid of our prejudice mindset. We don’t have to agree with everyone’s religious beliefs or morals but how hard is it to just respect someone for who they are? We all bleed the same blood and we are ALL created in Gods image. More importantly we are all saved by the same blood of Jesus Christ.
Joshua obviously wasn’t a different race then I, and we had somewhat similar religious backgrounds, but none of that mattered to me. I would have stopped no matter what color he was. We need to try to look at people the way Jesus would. Not with judgment, but an open heart and LOTS of love to give.
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