Meet Wayne: A Valuable Lesson Learned From Our Homeless Friends
As the coronavirus is a worldwide epidemic, it is now infecting the homeless population in Denver. As one of our regular guests came to Christ’s Body Ministries this week to get a sack lunch, Wayne told me he has been homeless and on the streets for 20 years. He is like a majority of the homeless population, he has no family support system, he has been abandoned by family, and had no real father figure in his life.
Wayne is from Oklahoma and now lives on the streets of Denver. As I asked him about his story, Wayne told me he loves Jesus and knows him personally. I asked him if he is afraid of contacting COVID-19 as many in the homeless community in Denver are now getting.
Wayne told me isn’t worried at all. You see, all Wayne owns is what he carries in his backpack. He doesn’t own a car, a home, he has no family that cares about him, and all his worldly possessions can be replaced if they get stolen, which they often do.
He is not worried because he knows he will spend eternity with the Lord and he is ready to go meet Him anytime. He told me he remembered a talk I gave on a Friday morning. Sometimes we wonder if anyone is really paying attention to us. He said He still thinks about what our soul is, and what the Hebrew word means.
Wayne is happy because he’s not weighted down with stuff
Many of us look at the homeless and feel sorry for them and the life they have. I am finding that many of them are Jesus followers and have a closer walk with Him than many of us “seasoned” believers. You see, Wayne doesn’t carry the weight of worldly possessions, debt, and all the stuff that most Christians have in their life.
He travels light and has more time to pray, tell others about Jesus, and he’s ready to go anytime the Lord calls him home. Wayne doesn’t have to worry about the stock market, where his money is invested, or the value of his expensive Denver loft apartment during turbulent times. He doesn’t have “treasures” on this earth to worry about, he sent then ahead and they are waiting for him. It’s a lesson I need to learn from our homeless friends.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Thank you Wayne for reminding us of this valuable lesson.