Unveiling God's presence among America's

most overlooked souls

“What if I told you that serving the homeless has taught me more about Jesus and his ways than anything else? Would you believe me?  
If you don’t believe me (and even if you do believe me), well then, you need to come on a journey of discovery which reveals the depths of God’s love not only for the “least” folks in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood, but for everyone, including myself, no matter who they are or where they live.’

In Discovering Jesus in the Least, you’ll walk alongside veteran outreach worker, Chris Ramsey, as he uncovers the depths of God’s love not only for the “most overlooked and ignored” folks in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood . . . but also for himself.

Ramsey welcomes the reader into his world through a wide variety of short, poignant observations amassed over 25 years. What he discovers will undoubtedly challenge you to examine your own views regarding the poor and the homeless of our 21st century American society.

Chris Ramsey’s Blog

17Sep 2020

Here’s Tony once again!

By |September 17th, 2020|Categories: General|0 Comments

Please…don’t forget him.

Please…keep on praying!

So I ran into Tony once again…at the Post Office.  If you’ll recall I talked with him last month about his housing situation.  He told me that he just had to hang in there while one person moved out of this “supportive housing” apartment.  And then he’d have to wait until the maintenance crew had time to complete painting  his apartment.  

Well, as far as he knows (what his counselor tells him) things are still on schedule for him to move in… but he’s still got at least a couple more months to wait. 

So keep on praying.  Tony has an amazing “heart” and a deep trust in the Lord.     

And oh yeah, someone stole his cane. 

Thanks for stopping by, Chris.  

10Sep 2020

Are You “Hating” Your Life Right Now?

By |September 10th, 2020|Categories: General|0 Comments

What does that even mean? 

Struggling through life

What does that even mean? 

And is this a good thing or a bad thing? 

“The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.”   (John 12:25, NIV) 

What does it mean to “hate” your life in this world?  For me, when I think of the word “hate” I get the feeling that I really do not want to do what I’m being asked to do.   It’s like it’s one of the “last” things on my list …. if I had the choice of how I wanted to spend it.   

So what is Jesus saying?  It’s like he’s saying, “Your life is filled with enough “purging” and frustrating situations, that you really cannot say that your life is a “joyride.”  Still, you hang in there, and face whatever you must face… but it’s really not easy at all… or what you would have chosen. “    

But the question emerges, “Why is it that you hang in there and do the best you can?”  I think it’s because we honestly feel that whatever “it” is that we are facing  at the moment , is something we ought to be doing whether we like it or not.  

And there’s another angle from which we can view what Jesus was saying.  It seems like Jesus is asking us to grab hold of one simple, but profound principle.  It’s like Jesus wants you to able to say, “I really don’t care about how my life turns out or how it appears to myself or to others.   All I need to do is to be faithful to God’s calling in my life in the “here and now.”  

In the Amplified Bible, this verse is rendered: [Whoever has no love for, no concern for, no regard for his life here on earth, but despises it, preserves his life forever and ever.]

And here’s some synonyms from the Roget’s 21st Century Thesaurus that I feel bring to life what Jesus was meaning in our contemporary manner of thinking about the word “hate” in this context.    It means to “have an aversion to, have enough of,  have no use for.” 

But the key to grabbing a hold of the further depths of what Jesus was getting at is revealed in following verse-John 12:26.  “Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be.  My Father will honor the one who serves me.”   

You see this idea of serving entails “giving of yourself,” and not really caring how about great or not great you are in your own eyes or others.

Doesn’t sound so difficult, does it?  But let’s be honest… how many of us “jump” to being a servant?  Not many.

Reluctant servant

But Jesus is telling us, “Hey everyone, your life should be trying to follow mine as close as you can… and wasn’t I a servant to you?”   It’s like “your ministry” is whatever God is placing right before you each and every day.  That’s it. 

And so, maybe we shouldn’t so surprised whenever we find ourselves confronted with so many daily situations which can be frustrating and “purging” to our very way of life.  I guess it’s not surprising because this is where Jesus can be found… reaching out and serving the least and the last. 

But what if you’re the type of person ( I know I am!) who just can’t help being so worried about being noticed or honored for your service to the Lord?  Well, not to worry, for Jesus says he understands.  He says in effect:  “Don’t worry, my Father will be giving you his honor, his love , and his recognition.” 

Of course, he doesn’t tell us if any kind of honor or recognition will take place here on earth… or if we’ll have to wait till we join him in eternity.   

But that ought to be alright with us, right?

Still, there’s just a little more that we ought to be “occasionally” aware of?  And it’s the fact that we ought to be discovering that it’s only because of God’s grace, and mercy, and love that we’ve been able to “do anything at all” of value for him and his kingdom.  It’s him that been holding on to us all this time.

So what does all this boil down to?  

I’d say that the only thing that really matters is what God thinks.  That’s all that will matter when we stand before him. 

And so, if we’re humble and quiet and attentive to God’s guidance for  our lives, then we can have peace and not be so stressed out or introspective about how our lives may appear to others, as well as ourselves. 

And why is this?  It’s because God has chosen us (you or me) for this or that role in his kingdom… and who are we to question that?

Don’t you just “hate” this life?

Thanks for stopping by.  Chris.  

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