Sammy V. speaks to thousands of young people every year - out of kindness and generosity. He doesn't charge any fees as a professional speaker with many years of experience. He's a great speaker with a life changing message. He speaks out of kindness to strangers because he knows what it's like to be a stranger.
Mental illness creates strangers and makes people feel out of place. Sammy has been one of those strangers with a mental illness. Diagnosed with OCD - Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Sammy had to learn how to cope as a stranger. He now seeks out audiences of people who don't know him. It doesn't take long for Sammy V to become a friend. His kindness is a stimulator of friendship. He helps people understand and cope with mental illness, but equally important, he inspires all people to be the best that God has created them to be.
DAY 15 WORD
therefore the stranger:
in the land of Egypt.”
A wild animal who's been injured and placed in a rehab facility, will be a stranger when it's reintroduced into the wild. A child attending a new school after a family move or breakup is a stranger. A husband whose wife has Alzheimer's can be a stranger to his own spouse. Friends separated by years are strangers to each other through life changes. A Pastor may appear as a stranger to a gang member. Police are strangers to criminals. An inmate released back into society is a stranger. A baby, unwanted in a mother's womb, may be a stranger.
A stranger defined may simply be someone who is an outsider or a person who doesn't initially belong where they are. The word stranger in the Bible was used in this manner: "a sojourner, a temporary inhabitant, a newcomer lacking inherited rights." If you are a tourist, local business owners may see you as an opportunity to raise the cost of your products. A Substitute teacher in a classroom may be subject to pranks by students who will see what they can get away with. All of us have felt out of place when we experience new beginnings
My Mom always used to say; "The first time here, you're a guest. The next time you come, you're one of the family!" Mom was living out Deuteronomy 10:19. To paraphrase Mom's words as they're filtered through my brain; "You come here the first time as a visitor and a stranger, and we welcome you. You are now one of the family with inherited rights - as if you've been here as long as the rest of us. The next time you come here, help yourself to whatever you need." A shorter version of Mom's words would be; "The first time you're here we serve you, second time - serve yourself!"
Jesus casts a bright light on who strangers are in Matthew 25:43-46 in The Good News Translation; "I was a stranger but you would not welcome me in your homes,
naked but you would not clothe me;
I was sick and in prison but you would not take care of me.’ T
hen they will answer him,
‘When, Lord, did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or
a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and we would not help you?’
The King will reply, ‘
I tell you, whenever you refused
to help one of these least important ones,
you refused to help me.’
These, then, will be sent off to eternal punishment,
but the righteous will go to eternal life.”
Showing kindness to strangers is revealing your friendship with God. Kindness to strangers can stimulate generosity. Welcoming strangers into your life can forge life long friendships. Visiting strangers in nursing homes can grow compassion in your heart. Children have to be wary of strangers because they are among the most vulnerable. As we become adults who follow the discernment of the Holy Spirit, we understand kindness to strangers in a more mature way. Thanks for your time. Go do something nice for somebody.
DAY 15 PRAYER
You loved us first, help us now to show Your Love to others who don't know kindness.
You've placed us in this world as temporary strangers,
Sojourners in a land that is not our own.
May every act of kindness lead a stranger to You.
You are our comfort in times when we feel out of place.
Give us discernment in going the extra mile to serve folks in need.
Thank You God for the hope of heaven,
Our final destination where there are no strangers.
Help us to be as kind on earth as we will be in heaven.
In Jesus Name.