He was standing outside the building today with no shirt. As we parked our car we saw some who seemed to walk around him. We saw a few others who stopped and spoke with him briefly.
We walked over to where he was and asked if we could help him. He said, “I want to go to Church today but I can’t go in without a shirt.” We asked him his name. We said, “John, we’ll find you a shirt.” One of our guys took off his jacket and let John wear it and he came in to join us for worship.
We spent some time with him after our worship and learned he had walked nearly four miles from the hotel he has been living in for the past few years. Prior to that, he had been homeless for a number of years.
Like everyone, John has a story. His story is filled with failure, hurt, disappointment, and broken dreams. Listening to the story of people we meet allows us the opportunity to tell them THE STORY.
After all, that’s what we do, that’s who we are. We are people who tell THE STORY & who live THE STORY. Who will our lives intersect with this week who desperately needs to hear THE STORY?
Telling THE STORY keeps us grounded. It helps us remain faithful and committed to our calling. It helps us be more centered and balanced. Telling THE STORY will help us when we are struggling with our work and our purpose. It will help us when we are going through difficult times in our work.
If you feel down this week, or if you feel unwanted get out there and find someone, somewhere, and tell THE STORY. It will change their lives and it might just change yours. I think I’ll keep an extra shirt in my car. You just never know…