The other day I was driving home, I saw someone from my church on the street. I turned to my husband and said "There's...what's his name?", just then realizing I didn't know his name. I looked to my husband and said, "actually, seeing him, it hit me..he's homeless." I literally welcome him every Sunday with a smile, but during the week he doesn't even cross my mind. At that moment I felt a heaviness on my heart, I was extremely sad, and to the point of wanting to cry. The compassion of God hit me right there in the car! I realized how much more I need to open my eyes to see, my mind to think, and my heart to love with compassion for people as God does every second of the day. Now, after seeing him I can't stop thinking and praying for him to be okay, safe, fed, and warm. 

Since attending the LBDC I've seen people in different seasons with different needs. I have also seen how circumstances or life style choices do not change how we welcome people into God's house. I love how I could never tell if someone was visiting for the first time or if they were already a part of our church family. As soon as people walk through those doors, the love is never altered. I have seen people having conversations with each other and love how both individuals are genuinely engaged. I continue to meet new people every time, and enjoy the many opportunities to just love on people. 

It's easy to love and have compassion for friends and family, people you love, stay connected with, or see daily. After driving by and seeing my homeless friend that day I realized how much I wasn't loving or having compassion for ALL people the way God intended. As a Christian I'm supposed to be a light, people are supposed to feel and see God's love through me. I recognize that I was not allowing God to use me in that area. I allowed myself to selfishly get caught up in my own daily routine, life. I was slowly forgetting who I am, what I was created for, and who I was created to be. Forgetting God is Love and God is Life! 
I am grateful to God for always being on time. Thankful He planted me in a church where love and the Word of God is not only taught but evident.

"Love endures with patience and serenity, love is kind and thoughtful, and is not jealous or envious; love does not brag and is not proud or arrogant. It is not rude; it is not self-seeking, it is not provoked; it does not take into account a wrong endured. It does not rejoice at injustice, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things [regardless of what comes], believes all things [looking for the best in each one], hopes all things [remaining steadfast during difficult times], endures all things. Love never fails [it never fades nor ends]..." 



Zzaj Collins