Thursday, May 22, 2008

Catch and Release

I heard a story this week that is just too good not to share. It's a true story of two men, one white, one black. One a wealthy art dealer, one a homeless man residing in Ft. Worth, Texas.

In an attempt to 'minister and serve' in the Union Gospel Mission of Ft. Worth, Texas, Ron Hall attempted to befriend a homeless man named Denver Moore. His attempt didn't go off too well, as Denver wasn't very interested in any friendship with Ron. Afterall, what did they have in common? However, Ron felt that his sucess by the world's standards was a significant offering to this poor black man.


How arrogant this rich white man was...Denver would teach him a thing or two!

"What do you want with me?" Denver asked one day to Ron. "I just want to be your friend," said Ron. "Friend?" Denver proceeded to tell him there was one thing he heard growing up as a boy in Louisiana--that white people, while fishing catch their fish and then release them back into the water. Ron confirmed this was true. Denver told Ron if he was thinking about catching him in a friendship for a time and then releasing him soon after, that he would not be interested in a friendship with him at all.

I got to thinking, isn't this what we do in ministry and in some of our relationships with others? We catch them, and then we release them. We're in and then we're out. This is not the picture of a true relationship, and this is definitely not the example of Christ.

I've started a new job this week-my first after graduating from seminary. I will be ministering to women in an inner-city community in south Dallas. This story reminds me in ministry to be about the business of people, not programs! I don't want to catch women and then release them. I want to catch them, and relying on God's strength, never let them go.

Read along with me more of Ron & Denver's story in Same Kind of Different as Me. It's going to start off my summer reading! Let me know if you too will be reading it.

9 comments:

Jarvis Noelle said...

Hi Lynzee--
I had an awesome opportunity to meet the author of the book. He came to my campus, and spoke to my kiddos. You'll love it. Congratulations on your graduation. Those women will be so blessed that you are in their lives....I can feel your sincerity through your words. ~Jarvis

Anonymous said...

I am going to send tis book to a loved one, and will purchase one for myself. Is that enough readers to start Lynzee's Book Club?

Lyn-z said...

thanks, jarvis! i can't wait to read the book!

Idara said...

I bought this book last month after being curious about it for several months. So far it is amazing. I'll take this journey with you girlie!
Idara

Idara said...

I got this books last month after being curious about it for months. It is an amazing story. I'm on the journey of this book with you girl!
Idara

Lyn-z said...

hey idara! thanks for posting & reading my blog...sometimes i don't know if anyone is out there reading it! i'm on chapter 12 of the book & loving it so far!

Thealicia said...
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Thealicia said...

...the last message had some grammatical errors, so I will try again ;)...

Hello Lynzee,
I have been reading your blog for about 6 months now, it’s great!!! This book sounds pretty good too… I’m excited to pick it up and read it ….when I have a minute (grad school is kicking my butt and sucking up all of my time). I have also checked out the website for your new job...it sounds like a wonderful place and you will do wonders for the lives you touch. I never knew it existed!! When I return to Dallas in September I am going to look into volunteering, thanks for the info …

Thealicia T.

Lyn-z said...

thanks, t for checking in with me! i haven't seen you in so long! hope all is well!!!! blessings to you! LB