"Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one for another. Love each other as brethren, be sympathetic, be courteous, not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing, but contrariwise blessing, knowing that ye are called thereto, that ye might inherit a blessing." ~ 1 Peter 3:8-9
We all know that God has called us to be a blessing, but so often, we get totally pre-occupied with the myriad details of our busy lives, and don't take the time to look for ways to bless others. Have you ever thought of praying that God would make you a blessing?? Then just open your eyes, for He will bring people across your path that you can bless!
From time to time, I hope to blog about ways that we can be a blessing to others. Today's idea is concerning helping the homeless.
Many of us encounter homeless people in our day-to-day travels around town. It seems to be more prevalent than in times past. We want to be compassionate to the needy, but one hindrance is we don't know who really needs our help, and who doesn't. (I've heard of some apparently homeless people in our town who go around bragging about how much they make in a day!!!)
At a recent homeschool field trip to the Salvation Army, we were advised to direct homeless people we encounter to the Salvation Army, because they know who the real homeless people are and aren't fooled by the swindlers out there. They also gave us a list of items that they need in their ministry to the poor and homeless in our community.
If you are like me, you have an assortment of little soaps and shampoo, conditioner and lotion bottles left over from hotel stays. (My husband travels a good deal and often brings these home.) These are perfect items to donate to your local Salvation Army or other homeless shelter! Toothbrushes and little tubes of toothpaste, like you may receive from the dentist, are also excellent items to donate. We also learned that disposable razors are in high demand, as the men need to be able to make themselves clean-shaven if they are fortunate enough to secure a job interview.
So, why not clean out your bathroom cabinets or closet and see if you have any little toiletry items that you can donate to your local Salvation Army or homeless shelter. This is a simple way to be a blessing to others!