I'm just a sucker for these things and maybe that's why I have such a heart for the helpless and innocent in the world. I like to root for the underdog, love the unlovable, and give to those who have nothing. Sure I might not have much, but I have more than a lot of people in the world. Giving something as little as a smile could be huge. It may be the only smile that person has had all day! I think of that a lot when I walk into town and see an elderly person walking slowly towards me. I find it sad that sometimes they don't even bother to meet my eyes as if it's already expected that I'm young so I won't even acknowledge them. If they do look at me, I will give them a cheery smile full of warmth. I'm not trying to be patronizing and say that all elderly people are lonely and cold, I just feel like society likes to forget some of them, which is such a shame because I would love to sit down and just hear all of their stories!
Anyway, this gets me onto another point: my new blog that I will be starting. I'm still really struggling to find the right name. It's driving me nuts because I feel that it's the main thing holding me back at this point. I was asked by Janie to answer a question as a guest post for her blog (her blog is private so after it runs, I can share it publicly). It was a really tough question and I put a lot of time mulling it over. The thing is that it's not a Padded Cell type of question or answer so I want to have my new blog up so I can share it there. So I need a name and I'm asking for help. This is a blog that will be about my relationships with people, my relationship with God, and my volunteering.
I have been going out on Monday nights on a homeless outreach. It's not through a church or anything. It's just a group of people who love God and love people so we walk the streets with sandwiches, hot water and packets of instant soup and coffee. We don't hand out literature or pamphlets and we don't preach anything. Sometimes we do get asked to pray for someone and that's just fine but our main goal is to show love. The same group is also working on starting up another volunteer outreach that is doing well in the UK. I am part of it and we are excited to get it started. It's called Street Pastors and it's also just a love based outreach. Again, it's not preaching, it's just trying to help people and for this particular outreach, it's typically the night crowds. Here's a bit more about it and how it works in Scotland.
We will be out from 10pm-4am, and I am wanting to share about it as I experience it. We still may be a bit off in starting it officially, due to all the steps and funding it takes to get it up and running, but we really hope and pray we can get out there soon. Living in a University town, means we have a lot of nightlife so we will hopefully be a good help in our community.
Originally, I came up with the blog name "Golden Rule Nights" because I was basing it on my nighttime volunteering, but I don't want it to be limited to just that. So based on what you know, do you have any ideas for a name?? I'd appreciate any ideas you may have because I feel completely stuck for what to call it!