Today I finished a lunch with some of the coolest guys in Durango. We talked life, career, town stuff, and family. I really have to just brag on the quality of people here in this little mountain town in Colorado. I’ve been a lot of places in the world, and I have lots of friends (in low places…thanks Garth) and high places; but none like the quality of folks here in Durango. There’s just something special about the people here. I’m sure there’s a lot of people who could say the same about their own community, but I’m just really thankful for the friends I’ve made here.
So, I’m finished with the lunch, walking down the Main Street, thinking through some big decisions to be made here in the next few months…and I hear someone say, “Hey man. God loves you.”
I turned around and there are two homeless guys sitting on the bench outside one of my favorite outdoor stores, and one of them looks up and smiles.
I sat down with them for a minute just to say thanks, and tell them how timely their words were. “I just felt like you needed that today.” the homeless guy said. And I hardly kept the tears from rolling down my cheek.
After one of “those” moments, I’m just reminded how powerful our words are when we’re going about our daily business. Sometimes it doesn’t take a deep conversation to encourage somebody. All it takes is risking a little embarrassment and give people a little “God loves you.”
So, why don’t we do it more?
It’s kind of crazy
Let’s be honest. Just shouting God loves you, out to random people on the street is kind of crazy. When I looked over my shoulder to see who told me today, the first thought was, Of course, Those guys are homeless, and just looking for a little cash. But come to find out, they were just guys trying to make it today. They didn’t ask for money. They just wanted to tell me God loved me today. But somewhere down in my soul I kind of expect it from crazy homeless guys. Imagine finishing a test, or signing that deal you’ve been working on and looking over at someone to finish your project by saying, “God loves you.” People will think you’re nuts. But hey, He does.
We don’t want to offend anyone
A Lot of times, I just don’t want to offend someone, or worse; get in an argument with someone about the existance of God. I know how to argue that point, but sometimes I just don’t want to engage.
But if I truly believe there is a God, and He says He’s a God of Love, why wouldn’t I just say it outloud. I mean, we spend all this time trying to convince ourselves that He loves us, maybe it’s just time to start telling others, Hey God Loves You, and see where it goes.
Maybe we just don’t believe it
Maybe there’s a space in our heart that reserves God’s love for us, but not for them, whoever that may be? I don’t know. I’m just trying to think about how is it that two crazy homeless guys could be such an encouragement to me today, and then I don’t turn around and do the same to others? Maybe I think God loves me because of all I think He’s done for me, but doesn’t love them. (that’s kind of a strange way to think about it)
Maybe we just don’t buy into the fact that God really does love us. And that’s a mind bender. Because if we really believed that the God of the Universe loves us unconditionally, we’d be shouting that from the top of every building in our town.
So today, I’m thankful for my new friends who took a risk to tell me God loves you, and I just want to pass it on to you today.
God loves you.
No matter where you are, what you’ve done, or how far away you think you are from living a ‘godly’ life. He loves you a lot, and He thinks you’re pretty great.