Find your own Calcutta

Mother Teresa was canonized this past weekend by the Catholic church for her life’s work in helping the poorest of the poor. One of the rules in Catholicism for declaring someone a saint is that the person must have performed at least two verifiable miracles. One of those miracles involved a woman who was healed from a stomach tumor and another was a man who was healed from multiple brain tumors. And as amazing as each miracle is, her focus was not on the miraculous, but on loving the people society had rejected. Isn’t it interesting that a young woman can go to the poorest of the poor to share God’s love in a tangible way and when she did, God showed up in ways she probably didn’t even expect. She was often asked by others what they could do to have the same types of impacts that she was having and her response evokes the same sentiment I often have. “Stay where you are. Find your own Calcutta. Find the sick, the suffering, and the lonely right there where you are, in your own homes and in your own families, in your workplaces and in your schools. You can find Calcutta all over the world, if you have the eyes to see. Everywhere, wherever you go, you find people who are unwanted, unloved, uncared for, just rejected by society, completely forgotten, completely left alone.”

We can go to the other side of the world to help the poor, or we can drive to that spot in our own city where the forgotten members of society live, and show them how valuable they really are, how much they are loved, and how great an impact they can have on the world. It doesn’t take much, just a willing heart and unconditional love. The forgotten part of every city in America needs what God has placed inside of us. And how cool would it be if revival broke out in a parking lot in the poorest part of town instead of in a church building? The Azusa Street revivals started in an impoverished part of the city, wouldn’t it be great if it happened that way again? If you’re looking for me, you’ll most likely find me in these types of neighborhoods. They are my favorite places to minister. And they can be your favorite too, give it a try, you just might find out that Jesus loves to show up and show off amongst the people who have lost all hope.

Go find your Calcutta.

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