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"We met a man and a follower of God." "A man of God."
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If you live in a city, you have most likely seen or come in contact with a homeless person one time or another. Maybe you walked by without giving them any sort of time, or when they asked for some spare change you replied to them with, "I don't have any on me at the moment." On the contrary, maybe you are that person who took a minute to give them a few dollars or bought them a little something to eat.

I find this topic interesting mainly because their backgrounds vary all the time. For example, some are homeless veterans, some runaway teens, some just lost everything they have. I am a firm believer in making something of yourself in the sense that if you want to be something, go out and give it your all. But sometimes, people hit rock bottom and it may have just been an unexpected incidence that caused them to be out on the streets.

A little over a month ago I met this man in Columbus, GA. I wrote a Facebook post following the ten minutes my boyfriend and I talked to him. Here is the post:

"God works in mysterious ways. Following dinner, a man stopped Nik and I on the streets of Columbus. Little did we know he was a staff sergeant in the military, recently had a stroke and his fiancé left him after his accident and took his money. We met a man and a follower of God. A man of God.

He has gotten himself a job and is currently on the streets while he’s saving to get shelter. As a firm believer in having people cross paths for a reason, my place was to be there, to listen to his story, and to give him $20 which is all I had on me. But if it means he can a have a meal then that is okay.

Let this be a reminder to all that just because someone is having struggles in life, doesn’t mean you should ignore them. Listen to what they have to say, and go from there. I will be praying for that man because I can truly say he was a wonderful man."

I am often guilty of walking past people and not giving them the time of day to hear them out either because I don't have anything on me to help them or I am in a hurry to get somewhere. But what I learned from this event is that I need to stop and listen more and take a few minutes out of my day to go and buy someone some lunch. Not all, but some will be very grateful.

My challenge to you: take five minutes to listen to someone and hear their story and be a friend.

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12 Bible Verses For Faith In Hard Times

Remind yourself that God is always with you.
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Lately, I have felt lost at what God wants for my life. Ever since I've come back to UWG everything has been horrible. It seems that I can't catch a break. I'm trying my best to focus on school, work, and extracurricular activities. But it's hard when I'm having issues with my apartment/roommates and knowing my family back home is struggling and needs many prayers. All, I keep thinking is maybe Carrollton isn't where I belong anymore. I've asked God if He can guide me in the right direction. Below, I have found Bible verses that have helped get me through these rough, past couple of weeks.

1. Isaiah 43:2

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you."

2. Psalm 37:5

"Commit your way to the Lord. Trust in Him, and He will act."

3. Romans 8:18

"The pain that you've been feeling, can't compare to the joy that's coming."

4. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed in strength, and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future."

5. Joshua 1:9

"Be bold. Be brave. Be courageous."

6. Ecclesiastes 3:1

"There is a time for everything and a reason for every activity under the heavens."

7. Isaiah 41:10

"Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."

8. Isaiah 66:9

"I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord."

9. Psalm 91:4

"He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."

10. Psalm 62:1-2

"My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him, He alone is my rock and my salvation."

11. Philippians 4:13

"I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength."

12. Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

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Don't Be Afraid To Question Your Purpose In Life And Seek Answers From Your Mentors

Now that I'm in college, there are people who challenge me, even those who ask me to try out new religions. One of my most trusted mentors, to my surprise, told me to go ahead.

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I always thought I had to be the best. Acing an exam wasn't a joyous occasion; after all, more followed. When my fingers couldn't move fast enough for the piano or when my breath wasn't long enough to play a flute piece, I felt helpless. The only thing I could do was keep going. At some point last year, I asked myself, "For whom am I making such an effort? For what? What happens when I'm out of school and there's no one to tell me what to accomplish by a deadline?" As I thought about the answers to those questions, I started to realize that even if I become a billionaire, when I pass away, none of it is permanent. Even if I marry the best man in the universe, we both pass away at some point. Even if I discovered the law of gravity, people would only remember my name and no one would care about my life.

I asked myself, "What is my purpose in life?"

Do I want fame? Do I want good fortune? No, fame and fortune are fleeting.

Thus, I started my search for something permanent. Or someone permanent. I dived into my Bible, searching for someone permanent. Church has taught me that there is something permanent. As I began to seriously ask questions like "Why are there disasters in the world if God is good?" and "How come Jesus didn't come to the Gentiles first?" and "Why did God choose Israel?" I searched through the text. I found an organization on campus called InterVarsity where I'm able to ask for help with these questions as we read through the text together. I found mentors who have guided me along the way to find out whether God is real. I realized so much about God's character, about His boldness and sovereignty. Although I grew up in the church, I never had to question why I was a Christian. Now that I'm in college, there are people who challenge me, even those who ask me to try out new religions. One of my most trusted mentors, to my surprise, told me to go ahead. Jesus was never afraid of anyone and with him at the front, who am I to be afraid?

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