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Dear Father, help us to listen more clearly to others so that we can see what they see.
“They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them.”
I John 3:5 (NIV)
Viewpoint. Perspective. It is how we see or understand things. We have our own way of seeing things, because we look at the world through Spirit eyes. We see things as God wants them to see. This is why we understand things the way we do, and why we make the decisions that we make.
The homeless have a perspective on the world, too. It is not, however, the same understanding that we have, because their viewpoint is different from ours. They understand from the perspective of trying to figure out how to get their basic needs met from day to day. If they need something and have to lie, beg, borrow, or steal to get it, that is also part of the perspective. Their need is the rule, and whatever it takes to meet the need is both necessary and right.
At some point along the ministry of rescue, we hope to bring the worldly perspective into line with the perspective of God. This is important because it is not just a matter of a difference of opinion or an alternative choice or lifestyle. It is a part of living responsibly towards God and one another, in a way that we will give answer to God in the end. It is our hope that this life is not the only place we will see our residents. We hope to see them in the life after death, a location where those who have become pure in heart will see God (Matthew 5:8). Eternal life is for sharing. It is too big to keep to yourself.
Dear Father, help us to help others to see what only the pure in heart can see, so that we can share with them the greatest gift of all. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
In 2 Corinthians 1:9-10, the Apostle Paul writes:
“Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again.”
Paul came upon hard times in Asia, and even ‘despaired of life itself’. In the New Life Directions Program we often see men down on their luck, or in the bondage of sin. They often can testify with Paul that they have the “sentence of death”, but the scripture reminds us of the purpose of hard times: “to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.” We can and do find lasting comfort in trials by putting our hope and trust in the God that raises the dead and saves the souls of those that trust Him.
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Sheltering the homeless since 1934.
510 West Main Cross
The City Mission of Findlay is a proud member of the following organizations:
Association of Gospel Rescue Missions, Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, Findlay Hancock Chamber of Commerce, and The Better Business Bureau
*The pictures and names of the homeless, unless specifically noted, are not of local homeless people.