Well…. It’s finally here! Getting this blog up and running has taken much longer than I first anticipated, so my apologies for that. I hope you enjoy it.

Steal my Show

I like Toby Mac, and I really like his music! On his ‘Eye On It’ CD there’s a song called ‘Steal my Show’ and over the last year that song seems to keep bouncing around in my head like the ball in the pinball games I used to play. Hmmm… am I dating myself with that analogy.  Anyway, the song starts like this:

Another cold night
Another late flight
It's almost show time, and Diverse City's waitin' on me
We got a packed house, the crowd is callin' out
They want the beat to drop, but what we really need is You

If You wanna steal my show, I'll sit back and watch You go
If You got somethin' to say, go on and take it away
Need You to steal my show, can't wait to watch You go
So take it away

Toby goes on to sing:

So now the crowd is hype, that you showed up tonight Anticipatin',
cravin' somethin' more than smoke and lights So I'll step out the way,
I'll give You center stage Alright Spotlight Give 'em what they came for ...

His message is simple; it’s not about him or his show. The ‘You’ in the song is a reference to God, and the bigger picture. I like what he’s saying!

Souls Harbour Rescue Mission can never be about the staff (their aspirations and careers), or how many buildings the Mission can build or awards the Mission can win. Or who sits on the Board of Directors. It’s not about the founding directors, and it’s not about ‘Homeless Joe’ or me having this blog. It can never be any of that!

BUT… it can always be about the people we serve! It can be about helping out someone who’s ‘blown it’ over and over again. We can let people know that someone cares about them even if they don’t ‘fit the societal mold’ of success. It can be as simple as a smile for a stranger, or if you’re brave enough, as complex as trying to love someone unconditionally!

YES… Souls Harbour Rescue Mission must always be about the message of love. When my kids were small they liked to crawl under a blanket and lay still, thinking that I couldn’t see them. I really cherish that memory and it still makes me smile today. I knew they were there, but for them, that blanket made them invisible. It covered them up. The love we show to others is just like that; like a thick blanket, in a sense a comforter that we throw over their mistakes, regrets, and wounds. Love covers everything!

YES… the Mission must always be about loving the people we serve! After all, we’re all in this together. Right? (1 Peter 4:8 and 1 John 4:8)

Joe Miller – Executive Director

Joe Miller is the Executive Director for Souls Harbour Rescue Mission. After working in the manufacturing industry for many years, he felt called to move from 'building things' to 'building people.' He has a passion to see the people that walk through the Mission's doors, get the help they need; whatever their situation may be. He enjoys fishing and the outdoors and often finds God in the stillness of nature. He writes here his thoughts on poverty, society, faith, and his reflections on life.