What shall we feed?
And what shall we starve?
In these days of burgeoning hatred, violence, madness, and terror, we are a people called to more and more love and more and more diligence while reflecting more and more of God’s glory.
Something is going to grow. Something will get more of us. Will it be hatred? Coldness? Addiction? Sensuality? Perversion? Devotion? Affection? Belief? Blessing? Ask yourself this question as I do the same: knowing the propensity of things to grow, which way do I want to go? “More and more” one direction will force its antithesis into “less and less.” We get to decide which we want to feed and which we want to starve. ~from Children of the Day, by Beth Moore.
At Beacon For Him Ministries, we strive to go beyond filling empty stomachs. We work diligently to feed life-giving feelings, emotions, and behaviors, thereby starving their opposites. We want to increase compassion, love, and hope, thereby decreasing indifference, hate, and despair. And we’re not alone.
Long Beach is a city overflowing with compassionate, generous people—people who continually allow love to envelop more and more of themselves, and this burgeoning love has lifted our ministry beyond our wildest imaginations. There are countless Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and students, and an army of regular volunteers pouring their time and energy into Beacon. There are professionals and people with specialized skills…a plumber, a dentist, an architect, a photographer, contractors, community promoters, city employees, animal activists, and garden enthusiasts. And there are groups, like several churches of varying denominations, women’s ministries, small groups, and families, including a heartbroken mother and father who are donating time and money to help build an animal sanctuary in honor of their daughter. There’s also an unhoused man who recently donated reading glasses to the library, another who spent an entire weekend knee-deep in sewage to help dig out our clogged pipes, and all the other men and women who volunteer and give to Beacon regularly, while simultaneously experiencing homelessness.
Have I missed anyone? I’m sure I have, but this isn’t entirely about what has been given. It’s about what has come from this generosity. Relationships have been formed. People in need have been connected to basic resources. The invisible have been seen. Hope has risen. Smiles and laughter abound. This ministry has become a movement, and the direction of that movement is forward, where loving, life-giving qualities are becoming more and more and their antitheses are becoming less.