“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ -Matthew 25:34-40
I have been working at Light of Life Rescue Mission for one year now. It has been an incredible experience.When I first got the job, I thought it was just going to be another job. I was wrong. Working there has made a huge impact on my life. If you don’t know a lot about what Light of Life does, watch this video:
I thought I would take a blog post and share some of the lessons I’ve learned while working at Light of Life:
We’re Called to Stand Up for the Least of These -Proverbs 31:8-9 – “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” If God has blessed you, you have a responsibility to give, help, and stand up for the least of these.
The Best Way to Help is to Love -Before working at Light of Life, if you would have asked me how to help the homeless, needy, addicted, and abused, I would have had no clue how to respond. While we do a lot to help, the greatest thing that I have found that we can do to help is to simply love people and point them to God. If you serve at Light of Life, get to know the people you’re serving! Build relationships with them! That is the best way to make a long-term impact!
We’re All One Decision Away from Being in the Same Position – I’m sure you know someone who struggles with addiction or homelessness. Nobody wants to end up homeless, addicted, or abused, but people end up there by making poor decisions. It helps to remember that we’re capable of making the same decisions and ending up in the same place.
The People We Serve are NO Different than You or Me – They are REAL people! They have stories! They have parents! They have friends! A lot of them went to school! It’s a good thing to remember when serving them. Don’t stereotype! Get to know them!
The “Least of These” Are All Around You – I’ve been surprised who I have seen come through Light of Life and people who I know who should come to Light of Life. It’s people we come in contact with everyday.
God is Moving All Over Pittsburgh – It’s been a great experience for me seeing what God is doing all throughout the city of Pittsburgh! Whether it’s in the North Hills, South Hills, East End, or West, incredible things are happening in churches, non-profits, and businesses! Christians are being the Church and it’s making a difference!
People are Generous – I’m the volunteer coordinator, we have over 1,000 volunteers at Light of Life. I get to work with people, businesses, and organizations all over the city of Pittsburgh! There are some incredible people in this city that are doing some incredible things! It’s been great to get a “bird’s-eye view” of God working in and through so many different avenues.
It Takes Money to Do Great Things – At Light of Life, we’re able to help a lot of people. We’re able to do some incredible things, but we can’t do it without the necessary funds. I’m on the Development team and it’s been really interesting for me to learn about the business side of the non-profit world. We are primarily funded through people just like you and me! I always tell people, if you’re passionate about something, give to it! You can provide a meal to the homeless for $2.34! Anyone can afford that! If you can give $10/month, do that. If you can do more, do more! If everyone does their part, we’ll be able to do more and more ministry!
Get Involved – There are a million and one ways you can help at Light of Life. If you’d like to come out and serve at Light of Life, I’d love to talk to you about that! You can e-mail me here or call 412.803.4161!
Those are just a few lessons I have learned in the first year at Light of Life. I would strongly encourage you to find a non-profit that you’re passionate about and get involved. It will give you a perspective you’ve never had before and give you opportunities to make a difference like you never have before.