I woke this morning with a strong awareness of my own place in this world.
I woke from a deep sleep with a desire to pray for the homeless.
Like many Americans facing tough economic times, my home was lost in 2010 to foreclosure.
Today, I am facing unemployment, no health insurance for my kids, and no steady income.
But that is not the kind of poverty or homelessness that woke me from my sleep.
There are people living in the streets with nothing but the clothes on their back to shelter them from the cold,
And while their plight should be met with compassion,
That is not the kind of homelessness that woke me from my sleep.
There are 2.5 Billion Christians worldwide.
The Scripture says that every one of us is homeless.
I woke this morning with a desire to live my life like the homeless vagabond I am called to be.
Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. (NIV)
Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. (NLT)
Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. (ESV)
Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul. (NASB)
Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; (KJV)