Chris Ramsey

22 Feb 2019

MEET KELLY: A HUMAN BEING!

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WOULD YOU SAY A PRAYER FOR HER?  

I was walking along State St. when I ran into Kelly, a homeless woman, sitting on the sidewalk holding her sign asking for help. I stopped for a minute, and asked her how things were going, how people were treating her.

“Oh, it’s OK,”  she said. “I mean, it’s not like I’m some sort of monster, I’m just a human being who’s having a tough time right now.”

Kelly then went on to tell me that she used to be a medical billing assistant, and that she’d been married, and had her own home. But then in 2016, her husband passed away, and her life started spiraling downwards. Soon after, she couldn’t afford to stay in her home, so she started renting a room.

And then she went into such a deep depression that she couldn’t even keep a “room” over her head.  And then she told me that she was in and out of hospitals for a couple of years.

But now, right now, she was sitting on the State St. sidewalk in downtown Chicago, asking for a little mercy, a little charity, to help her make it through another day. She was hoping to get enough for a room or at least enough to eat, and ride the train all night.

“Do you believe in God?” I asked.

“Oh, yes,” she said. “I do pray, and it seems like God is the only person that I have right now.”
Kelly then gave me permission to pray for her. Now I’m asking you to say a prayer for Kelly.

And then I would ask you and myself to keep on praying for, and caring for the Kelly’s of our inner cities across America.

Thanks for stopping by.

Chris        .
11 Feb 2019

MEET NORVILLE: HE’S A PEOPLE PERSON

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AND HE’S A BLESSING TO SO MANY… INCLUDING ME!

Here’s my friend, Norville.  Every now and then we meet in the Aldi’s parking lot.  He’s busy waiting to return the shopping carts that folks have just used to unload their groceries into their cars.  But he’s also happy to assist anyone who would like a little help unloading.

So on this day, Feb. 6, I’d just finished shopping for our shelter–Cornerstone Community Outreach, and I’m pushing my fully loaded cart to my van when I run into Norville.  He’s quick to tell me that he’ll be right over to help me unload my cart as soon as he returns a few carts to their corrals, where he will receive a quarter for each cart.

When he arrives at our van we jump into a quick conversation.  “So you really like helping people, don’t you?” I ask

“Oh, yeah, I really like meeting people,” he says.  “I’m a people person.  And I just enjoy encouraging them,” he says.  “You know, there’s just a lot of good  people in this world.”

“Yeah, that’s true,” I say.

“I mean, I’ve met so many good people right here in the parking lot,” he says. ” I’m talking about so many folks that you wouldn’t expect to have an outstanding point of view and an understanding mentality. And they end up encouraging me.”

“Wow, that’s really nice, isn’t it?” I respond.

“Well you know, Chris, that’s what it’s all about, “he replies. “We just need to be encouraging each other each and every day.  I just figure that if I can’t encourage someone, then what am I good for?”

Norville finishes up helping me load our van, and we bid each other a good day. And I discover a little more about Jesus and how he works… right in the Aldi’s parking lot of Uptown, Chicago.  I’m just thankful for all the “Norvilles” in my life… because I can always use a little encouragement.

Thanks for stopping by. 

Chris

29 Jan 2019

The Big Q: Am I Still On an Ego Trip?

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The answer: I’ll let you decide!

Am I still on an ego trip regarding how the Lord has used me? And what’s my answer, my evaluation of my “spiritual self?”

That’s a good question, I’d have to reply. And to be perfectly honest, I’d have to say I’m not really sure. There are times I feel I’ve gotten over the “value” of my own assessment of my spirituality, and then there are times when I’m still disappointed with how God has used me throughout my life.

To give you a little glimpse of what I’m talking about, I ask you to check out one of the lessons included in my book, Discovering Jesus in the Least.

Learning to Impact: Laborers for the Kingdom

I’ve been blessed—or cursed—with a great missionary zeal for most of my Christian life. I just don’t understand why more Christians don’t feel called to go across the world with this precious gospel that has saved our lives.

I always thought I’d be called to be some kind of big evangelist or missionary leader.

And I have been blessed to be a writer (of sorts), a “housing manager (of sorts), a shelter manager, and a soup-kitchen and food pantry coordinator.

But you see, it doesn’t seem like God has used me like I thought he would—or should?

Now you’re probably thinking, “Wow! This guy must really have some kind of ego!” And this I cannot deny.

This truth was brought home to me by the late Professor John Bray of North Park University in Chicago, who taught a few classes at JPUSA.

In one class he admonished us (JPUSA’s) not to compare ourselves with other Christian who may appear outwardly to . be more used of God. He calmly remarked, “If you think you have not amounted to anything for God, then you’re still on an ego trip!”

So you see a little of what I’m talking about. And as I view myself now, I’d have to say that it’s like I’m telling God that how he’s been using me throughout my adult life hasn’t really been “good enough.”

Good enough for who? For me, of course! For me and my inflated ego!

But if what God has asked me to do is good enough for him . . .  well then, who am I to be dissatisfied? Because if God wanted to use me in different ways than I thought he might, he had plenty of opportunities.

And if he chose not to . . . who am I to complain?

Don’t answer that.

So what’s my lesson for today—for this time in my life? I think that it’s to be genuinely blessed that God has chosen to use me in the many ways that he has used me. I mean, he could have done a lot worse, right?

Right. Thank you, Lord, for your calling in my life. And please forgive me whenever I tell you that it’s not “enough” for me.   For it’s not really true.

Thanks for stopping by.

Chris