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I have a soft spot in my heart for the homeless. I see them and wonder about their lives. Did they lose a job? Did they get kicked out of their home? Did they lose all their assests forcing them to be on the streets? Or do they have a medical condition? Did they make poor choices?

I see quite a few homeless people on a day to day basis, whether it be on street corners or in front of stores. Usually they are holding a sign stating that they are "hungry" or in need of "money" and usually "God Bless."
I used to feel awkward and uncomfortable seeing or being near to a homeless person. But I started thinking deeper. What makes me uncomfortable? The fact that I have a warm place to sleep every night and good food to eat and they don't? Why did someone else's misfortune make me feel uneasy?

There are a lot of stereotypes out there about the homeless; that they are lazy, manipulative and hate working hard. I don't know all the reason. But I do choose to think that it is not due to the above reasons.

Smiles and Appreciation

For about a year now, I have been moved to help a person who is homeless as often as I can. In these times of economic hardship, it is hard to do as often as I would like. Sometimes I give money and other times I give food. To see the smiles and appreciation is so very moving and touching.

I feel as though God urged me to start giving in this way. I had been trying to think of things I could do that would help and serve my community. I did not realize this was what God was calling me to do. But I am glad He did, because not only have I learned to look past stereotypes and assumptions, but to give to someone in need whether I know the reasons for their need or not.

"I was hungry, and you gave me food. I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink. I was alone and away from home, and you invited me into your house. I was without clothes, and you gave me something to wear. I was sick and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me." "...I tell you the truth, anything you did for even the least of my people here, you also did for me" (Matthew 25:35, 36, 40).

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