Take a meal to the streets. I am not saying food distribution here; I am saying a meal (like a picnic) that you share with others, if they accept your invitation.
You have heard it said: Don’t give money; give a sandwich. I am saying: Share the sandwich.
You might not find anyone to share it with. Sometimes I don’t. If that happens, take your meal to the corner of a busy intersection (think: 50 & Slide, Ave Q & Broadway, 82nd & Quaker) – somewhere a picnic normally does not belong and yet is highly visible to the public. Then sit down on the curb, offer a prayer of thanks, and eat.
You will wonder why you are doing that. So will the public that sees you. Some will mistake you for homeless and give you money. Some will mistake you for homeless and sneer. Most will not notice. But you will have walked a mile in the shoes of Jesus. You will see Lubbock in a different light. You will have a new insight to share with the poor.
Take a pack of cigarettes to the streets. Find people in parks, street corners, behind dumpsters etc., and give them a smoke. You will make a lot of smiles happen. You will break the ice between yourself and the poor. You will find that more than 85% of the time, someone will go eat that meal with you after you do this.
While you are sharing the meal with someone you gave a cigarette to, ask if they will pray too. Lead them in The Lord’s Prayer. Sing the first verse of Amazing Grace (everyone knows the first verse!) or sing Jesus Loves Me. Share a bit of cracker and grape juice in thanksgiving for the body and blood of Jesus our Savior.
Then you have communed with Jesus on the streets of Lubbock.
Go home. You are done. The whole ministry outing only cost you $10 if you are frugal. It will be seen in Heaven and remembered on Judgment Day. No one can convince you that your Helping Hurt. It is all good.
….but your imagination is now expanded beyond the borders you ever thought possible…
and you will find yourself wanting to go back and do it again and again and again…