Do You See What I See?

Posted: April 18th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: It Hurts So Good, My Thoughts, Spirituality, Videos | 7 Comments »

For my 30th birthday, my awesome wife Beth got us tickets to see the Yankees play their next to last game in the old Yankee Stadium.  It was an epic pitching duel which the Yanks lost to the Blue Jays in fourteen innings.  It wasn’t my first time to the Big Apple, but is was Beth’s.  We stayed at the Hyatt next to Grand Central Station.  I won’t soon forget the site as we pulled on to 42nd Street, and not because of the towering buildings and gaudy lighting on every store front.

Before we made our right turn, there was a Rolls Royce in front of us, and a homeless man sleeping on the curb, only a few feet away.  Two lives on opposite ends of the spectrum of life  There was a brief moment, where my heart broke from him, but then I had Beth take a picture of the Rolls in front of us, and we were on our way.  He was “just” another homeless man in New York.

It was easy to dismiss him, because all I saw was a man sleeping next to the road.  We took a picture of him too.

This Sunday, we attended my father in law’s church, Grace Community in Theresa, and he said something that reminded me of this man.  He talked about how sometimes we see only a snapshot of a person’s life, where they are now,  and we judge or condemn them.  You know, the types, the drunks, the addicts, the gossips, those angry at life and others, the bullies (yes adults can bully too), we classify them, then dismiss them.

Then he spoke of God, who is not bound by time, and has known them from the womb.  He knows why they are addicts, drunks, etc.  He saw the beatings they received as children, the rejection through their youth, and the release from life that came, even if for a moment when they chose their type of escape: drugs, sex, or otherwise.

Then I heard God asking me, “Chris, when you look at the world around you, do you see what I see?  Do you see the pain, the hurt, the agony that shaped their lives to this point?   Do you see why I had to send my Son, so that they could be free?”

Then he asked, “So why don’t you tell them?  Why don’t you love on them?”

And I didn’t have an answer, and that sucks.



  • Bill Taylor

    This is a great post. It opens your eyes to, as you said, the “spectrum of life”. Our hearts break for people in dispare, and I believe sometimes is God’s will, and a hidden blessing from him. This homeless man, not necessarily the one in the shown picture, may be more in-tune with his spirit and the gift of life. God may have put burdens in his way to captivate a individual to pursue him. There’s a good chance the man in the Rolls Royce doesn’t understand the works of God and is blinded by material things. I believe God’s blessings come from both ends of the spectrum. He may put us on a path of a spiritual life more than material. As you stated his understanding is great and doesn’t live by time. Therefore he see’s you in the end of what you’ll become. We’re all on a railway to the end and only God can change the tracks. Sometimes we just have to roll with the punches and trust in him to keep the train moving in his direction. God’s love is great and this post also reflects that his arms are open, not crossed. He’s not waiting for you to step out of line but is there to pick you up when you do. He knows the world we live in, how are spirits are covered by this flesh, and see us in pure form. Thanks for this post, bro. It has my mind running today.

  • C.R. Mooney

    Thanks for the thoughts.

    Aunt Sally: great point. my heart is that we don’t know unless we reach out and touch them.

    Bill: we are the only Jesus some people will ever know. Are we portraying what He was like? Too often I find myself associating more with the pharisee than the publican (Luke 18:9-14)

  • Bill Taylor

    Chris, I agree, I think exalting ourselves to be better off than others and thanking God that we are not like some people is not the way to go. I would take the publican’s approach and acknowledge that I am a sinner and no better than anyone else for we all fall short before God (Romans 3:23)

  • Christian Fahey

    Moon–this is good. Really good. At the judgment seat, there will be surprises (paraphrasing CS Lewis).

  • Wanda Collins

    I had this same experience, but instead of an unknown homeless person, it was a family member. I couldn’t understand why they acted the way they did or didnt change their habits. It wasn’t until I asked God to show me their heart that I felt their pain. It doesn’t justify behavior, but it certainly put me in my place…how dare I decide what another human beings intensions and heart are all about! Thanks for the reminder!

    • C.R. Mooney

      thanks Wanda. i tend to compare myself with me, which ends up looking pretty good, when instead I should be using Jesus’ life as the standard, then I realize what a way I have to go.

  • matt

    Thanks for taking the time to talk about this