Standing In Your Truth
If you live here in Southern California, you know we’ve got quite a large homeless population. It’s hard to drive down any given street and not see at least 1 or 2 homeless people on the corner, cardboard signs out, asking for a little help. And it breaks my heart.
Whenever I can, I like to give them food or water. And as frequently as I go to the grocery store, there’s a strong likelihood I’ve got something at the ready.
Just the other day, I was leaving the mall and was in line to make a right-hand turn out of the parking lot onto the main street. I was about 4 cars back, so I not only had time to notice a homeless person on the corner, I had the opportunity to grab something out of my grocery bag for him to eat.
It was a delicious Chicken and Pesto Wrap from Trader Joes! I gotta tell ya- I love those things!!
Are You Hungry?
So, I rolled down my passenger window and got his attention. “Hey man, are you hungry”, I asked with genuine concern. He replied with all the enthusiasm you might expect from a person standing on a street corner on a dark, cold night; “Yes!! Yes I am!!!”
So as I handed him the wrap, you can imagine my dismay when he started questioning me about the ingredients.
“What’s in it?!” he asked suspiciously. I assured him it was delicious, and said “it’s a Chicken Pesto Wrap- seriously, they’re great!!
As he handed the wrap back through my passenger window, all he said was, “I don’t eat meat”.
I could see that I was now at the front of the line to make my turn onto the main street. As I rolled up my window and pulled away, all I could think was, “Huh??, you don’t eat meat?? Dude, your homeless and you just turned down a delicious Chicken Pesto Wrap??!!” I was in shock.
Standing In The Truth
But the more I thought about it, I became impressed by his resolve and strength to stand by his convictions. Here’s a man that may have no idea where his next meal is coming from, yet he refuses to eat something that doesn’t match his beliefs and values. WOW!! Now that’s staying true to yourself!
Stretch, Grow, Become!
I often wonder how many times we compromise our own values based on the current circumstances. Are we standing in our truth regardless of the situation, or are we compromising based on the fear of not knowing “where our next meal is coming from”?
Truth is, there will always be temptations. People and situations abound that will test our resolve to hold the path and not waver.
So how do we do it, how do we stand firm and face these fears? How do we say no to the temptation that’s right before us and steadfastly wait for that very thing that matches our truth?
Faith and confidence in God. If you ask yourself, “does God love me?” (and He does!!) and then answer enthusiastically “YES!”, then you have to know that God’s got your back. We never lose when we wait for God’s best!
I believe that homeless guy must have had massive faith that his needs would be met. For all I know, he was given a vegetarian wrap five minutes after I drove away.
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