When we reach out to people in need with a smile, they realize that they are not alone. However we can make certain that our needy sisters and brothers feel loved by turning to them and offering a handshake. Sometimes with a direct piece of advice. Sometimes without saying anything at all. Sometimes just figuring out what to do for them; maybe coaching, maybe mentorship. With a minute or few seconds of a smile, the return will be like bloom of beautiful roses in our garden. When we take a minute with the needy like beloved ones, we definitely shift their perception from being hopeless to individuals with dignity and potential.
What more can we do? Let us look at our homes. There is so much we no longer use. Why not resolve to bless others by donating the surplus books, furniture, bedding and clothing? An item which may seem unimportant or even useless to you could make a world of difference to someone else. Not everyone has enough blankets or even cups or plates. All these are things we take for granted.
“Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering.” – Colossians 3:12
Satan, from the other end, sometimes denies us time and energy to extend our gestures to others. Such gesture may be regarded to as simply common courtesy. If we extend just a smile, a handshake or a helping hand to the homeless as a common courtesy they will feel touched. Some of them might be struggling with ideas wishing that someone can lend an ear or look them in the eye. Instead, we just walk by.
Individuals, who were supported, have indeed transformed their lives. They underwent rehabilitation, where necessary, and, with encouragement some are great members of our society. Common courtesy without an ulterior motive is a small gesture that makes a great difference and the world a better home for all.
As we may think, a homeless person in our community is a fact of life. However is a bit complex to interpret this situation. We may think it is ones own burden to handle alone. We may wonder, how did this person arrive in this state? This gives us an excuse to turn a blind eye and thus form a habit of not responding at all. However, when we intervene, we learn that some are victims of poor planning or unavoidable crisis, some of them are mentally ill, some are addicted to alcohol or drugs, and some are choosing to be homeless for the reasons we may never understand. Sometimes this does not change our behavior. We still decide to look down over their heads to avoid eye contact and down on the ground as we pass. This may seem satanic for it disconnects as from a large portion of the human family. Subsequently, this disconnects us from God, for the homeless and the poor are not far different from us. What separates us is our status.
Let us always remember that even though it may not always be possible to give food, clothing, shelter, advice or mentorship, we can look our less fortunate brothers and sisters in the eye and acknowledge our shared humanity.
It does not mean it is our responsibility to rescue them because maybe they are on their learning lane, but we could treat them as equals because that is what they are. Even if we can’t offer them food, clothing, shelter, advice or mentorship we can offer a blessing with a smile as we pass. We can look them in the eye and acknowledge our shared humanness. Let us always put foot forward before others, to recover pieces, restructure, and make others stronger and happier.
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