Thursday, January 30, 2014

every body counts

Each year on this date across the United States HUD (the government’s Housing and Urban Devolvement department) asks local groups that deal with homelessness to count homeless people in their jurisdictions.  This is something that I have been helping with the last few years.

I have met some of the greatest friends when we have been searching for homeless people in our community.  Because we live in a small town with no homeless shelters it can be hard to locate these special people during the coldest part of the year.  The recent snow and chilly weather will make it even harder.

There is a survey that we use to capture information about this group of people.  It has lots of useful information so we can help more people find what they need.  As you know I am convinced that God called our church to minister to, to serve and share truth with hurting people, and this is one group of people that each person has specific needs we can help with.

Yet I sit back each year and every time I interact with a homeless friend and realize again and again that every body counts.  Every person is important to God.  He created each one of us with a huge amount of worth and value.  It is important, it is critical that we share this fact and even convince the people around us that they are loved by God and have worth in this world.

The way we interact with people says a lot about us.  The way that we give ourselves to serve others says a lot about who believe is important.  Literally every body counts, and we are the ones that God gave the ability to let people know they are worthy.

1 John 4:7  NLT
Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God.

You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.

We know, dear brothers and sisters, that God loves you and has chosen you to be his own people.

Jude 1:1  NLT
This letter is from Jude, a slave of Jesus Christ and a brother of James. I am writing to all who have been called by God the Father, who loves you and keeps you safe in the care of Jesus Christ.

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

Every body counts to God.  We can make a difference one person at a time to help the people we meet believe this fact.  Value comes from God.  That’s why every body counts!

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