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(RNS2-nov13) A group of homeless men sleep just outside of St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Thursday (Nov. 13, 2014). For use with RNS-HOMELESS-SHOWERS, transmitted on November 13, 2014, Religion News Service photo by Josephine McKenna.

Don’t Look, Keep Walking

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By Scott McIntyre

A common cure for dealing with the uncomfortable situations of life…don’t look, keep walking.  That’s the one I too often employ when encountering someone appearing to be homeless.  I don’t throw out the cheery “Good morning” that I might send the way of a suit dressed citizen and, if I think there may be a plea for money coming my way, I’m apt to look away and speed up my steps a bit.  Is that what Jesus would do?

The Bible records many instances of Jesus meeting strangers and helping them in various ways.  Here are a few:

He never seemed troubled by how to act and this is a great lesson for myself and others who stroll through life on this planet.  I don’t like to think about it too much, but sometimes I wonder what type of taste for the Christian faith I’ve left in someone’s mouth by the way I treated them.

How have you been treated by people, either someone claiming to be a Christian or not?  Hope to hear some encouraging stories of how your life was touched by someone you might not even have known.

About Scott McIntyre

Scott McIntyre is glad his parents didn’t name him Vladimir or he’d be listed last on this page. While a long time California resident, he was the Oakland Spirituality Examiner for Examiner.com from 2011-12 and about the same time began blogging on several topics. The first, teaching Christians how to lovingly share their spiritual beliefs, emphasized skills that can benefit all forms of one-to-one interaction. He also writes on marriage, travel, downsizing, humor, and the motive behind people’s words and actions. After retiring in 2016, Scott embarked on some major ‘R & R’; Relocating and Rebranding. Following in his sister’s footsteps from the early 80’s, and later in the decade, his parent’s, Scott left the Golden State to become a Washingtonian in a small town just west of Spokane County.

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