Who is your neighbor?
- Continued from last week
"God has a calling on your life and you are going to live to see it!"
A hush fell over the mission’s dining hall.
A resident of the mission said, "That skinny little white lady just tamed the lion of the jungle!"
Debbie saw Denver with God’s eyes and pursued him for months through the inner city with a motherly compassion — like he was her own.
He didn’t trust anyone and made it known that he didn’t want friends.
He ran and hid, even threatened her, but she never gave up.
Months later, she and four friends persuaded him to go with them to a three-day spiritual renewal retreat.
For the first time in his life, Denver realized he was a man of worth in God’s and Debbie’s eyes.
That weekend he took the first step on a long road to recovery, salvation and restoration.
That’s a brief de scri ption of Denver, the man in the ditch and Debbie, the Good Samaritan.
But I, Debbie Hall’s husband, was the man who acted like the priest and Levite.
For years, Denver slept near the garage where I parked my new Mercedes and less than a block from the gallery where I displayed millions of dollars in art.
Afraid for myself, I avoided contact and left the problem to someone else.
But my wife’s love for Christ made a difference for the homeless in Fort Worth, transforming me along the way.
Eight years after Debbie told Denver God had a calling on his life he stood in the ballroom of a grand hotel — the same hotel on whose rear sidewalks he’d slept — to be honored as the Philanthropist of the Year for his work with Fort Worth’s Union Gospel Mission.
He became a board member of the mission, overcame his illiteracy and now travels as a motivational speaker raising large sums of money for the homeless in America’s cities.
Denver tells people how "Christ in Miss Debbie was the hope of glory for him!"
Debbie heard God and persisted until I received God’s heart of compassion for people different from me and Denver became God’s mighty man.
As a result, Denver is making a difference for the homeless.
He is also my close friend.
God intertwined our lives to bring a miraculous chain of events which keeps unfolding for His glory.
When you see people who have fallen by the wayside, ask yourself, "What will happen to them if I don’t show compassion and help as God directs me?"
God’s heart is broken when we close our eyes to the needs of our neighbors.
"Lord, help me see with your eyes those who have found themselves in desperate times.
"I want to love ‘God’s people’ without judging.
"Let the Christ that lives in me be the hope of glory for my neighbors."