last night we had the opportunity to attend a gala in honor of the union gospel mission here in saint paul. it was amazing. i do have to confess i wasn’t totally excited about driving across the city in our WINTER WEATHER (GAH!!!) but i am SO glad we went. the UGM helps men, women, and children who are in any form of need, to get what they are lacking, and most importantly meet Jesus. our small group serves a meal at the men’s campus once a month, so it was really great to see all the other volunteers and staff come together and learn about more ways we can serve.
the theme this year was ‘see more,’ and the testimonies and stories shared encouraged us all to see everyone differently; to see that there is more to each person than meets the eye. how powerful, really. it was such a great reminder that we are all deeply and thoroughly loved by Jesus, and no matter what has happened in our life, He is there to walk with us. we left really, truly, wanting to see people differently. wanting to make a difference, starting by the way we see others.
i was telling paul when we left that sometimes it’s easy for me to think of my life like a movie (where, of course, i am the star!). honestly, i often see homeless people as background characters in my life movie. they are there, i see them, but i don’t really think of them as ‘people.’ (yikes. that’s a little hard to admit….)…i don’t remember that they have a story to tell. they have a life, family, parents, children maybe, and that that life as ‘homeless, is their REAL life. that is REALLY how they live every single day. i need more compassion. more love. more generosity. i just really REALLY want to see people how Jesus does..
so, thank you UGM for all the amazing work you do in these families lives, and for the impact that has had on my life. please, check out all the great things they do on their website and consider how you can get involved! (if you live in the twin cities please know you are welcome to join our small group one sunday a month as we serve dinner at the men’s center! let me know if you are interested!)