While driving around looking for a homeless person to share the gospel with tonight, I ran into my friend Paul. Paul was the first person I ever met back when I started “SelflessSelfie”. You might recognize him from this picture.
He is an amazing man and has a heart of Gold. I’ve been able to interact with over 30 homeless individuals so far this year, the majority of them know Paul. He normally has a bandana on his head and walks with a large stick like the one behind him in the picture above. All the people that know him have nothing but kind things to say about him. Although he sometimes struggles with his addiction to drugs, he is a respectable man and very kind hearted.
We first met about 7 months ago and I have run into him once or twice since then. It seems for the most part he likes to stay in the same area of Mesa, AZ. I was disappointed to see him still living on the streets, but being able to spend time with him when I can is always a blessing.
I’ve learned Paul is a very intelligent person from the conversations we’ve had together and it makes me sad to think about him sleeping out on the street’s. Tonight I brought him dinner and was able to catch up on life and how things are going. Paul makes mistakes like we all do in life but has a profound love for God and Jesus. He say’s he knows God wants him to get back on the right track and get off the drugs, but its easier said than done. He has never been “high” when I run into him but admits he still slips up on occasion. It’s 2 steps forward and 3 steps back as he described to me tonight.
Recently, the father of an old friend of mine has seen my Posts about helping the homeless. He reached out to me and gave me a very nice mountain bike to give away to someone in need. I chose to give Paul the bike tonight because I know he won’t sell it for drugs and will truly appreciate the gift. When we walked over to my truck, I lifted out the bike to give to him. Paul raised his hands to the heavens and thanked God. He kept smiling and telling me about all the different parts on the bike. He knows his stuff and was rambling on about the gear shifters, and brakes and where the bike was made etc. etc. It was an amazing experience to be able to provide something of use to this great soul. Paul has had several bikes stolen since he’s been homeless so I bought him a new bike lock as well.
It’s absolutely true that it feels better to give than to receive. Being able to help others and put smiles on people’s face’s is what life is all about. Loving people you don’t even know is exactly how Jesus lived his life. I am honored and humbled to be blessed with all the things in life I have been given. It’s the least I can do to try and spread that joy with others.
2 Corinthians 9:11 King James Version (KJV)
11 Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.
A huge shoutout to my friend Mike Looney for providing me with the bike to give away tonight. I can’t tell you how happy Paul was to receive it and how full it made my heart to be able to give it to him. All the things Im able to give are from the grace of God. I take no credit for any of it, as it all comes from the Father in one way or another. Have a blessed week and remember to spread the love.