So sad to leave New York, but it’s been one of the best weeks. Spending my spring break serving and getting to know the people of New York has been inspiring to say the least. The things they taught me were a reality check and a motivation to live life more simply. The rate of homelessness in NY is the highest it has been since the Great Depression and approaching it seemed daunting. But the people we met radiated joy and had more positive attitudes towards life than I would on any given day. They didn’t complain, even a man with frostbitten hands. He told us he was just happy that the weather wasn’t as cold as the day before. He, along with many others, taught me that happiness does not depend on our circumstances.
Over the course of the week I was reminded time and time again of Proverbs 3:27-28, which says: “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due when it is in your power to do it. Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come back, and tomorrow I will give it,” When you have it with you.”
The simplest, most human things are where God shines through the most. Loving others doesn’t have to be some ornate project. It may take some time on our part, but is so essential. Each of us possesses the capability of being an example of Christ in a world that desperately needs it. It’s just a matter of using it unselfishly. The wonderful group I traveled to New York with is the perfect example of this kind of love and I am so thankful we got to spend the week together I wouldn’t have wanted to spend my spring break any other way.