Recently I was sitting among 800 women listening to a man speak. It was the third day of hearing speakers and getting content and connecting with women. I felt like I was full. I was exhausted from everything that had happened in the last 4 days.
The last speaker took the stage late on Saturday afternoon. I had read about him in the event brochure but nothing really jumped off the page to excite me.
When he took the stage, I stood like everyone else in the giant event space and applauded respectfully. It was a tired and “I’m ready for this to be done” applaud. The man taking the stage was Ron Hall and little did I know that it wouldn’t matter how tired I was, this man was about to rock my world.
Ron shared from stage how many years ago he was a millionaire art dealer and that back then he had quite an ego and everything that comes with it. When Ron’s wife, Debbie, had a dream about a wise man who would change the city where they live, she convinces him to serve meals at the homeless shelter. To both their surprise, the man in Debbie’s dream is at the shelter. When Debbie convinces Ron to befriend this homeless man both of their lives are changed forever. Not only does Ron becomes friends with Denver Moore, the homeless man, Denver’s destiny to change the city begins to unfold.
As I listened to Ron share his story from the stage, something was stirring inside me…something deep inside me. I knew in that moment everything was shifting and nothing could be the same again.
Ron finished his time on stage sharing how Denver was the wisest man he had ever met, how he changed Ron’s life and the life of many homeless across the country.
Ron and Denver’s story became a book, The Same Kind of Different as Me. After the book was published Ron and Denver traveled the country raising awareness and money for the homeless.
As everyone stood to applaud Ron at the end of his stage time, everything was different. I wasn’t tired anymore. My heart was overflowing and I was being fueled by something inside me…the power of the human spirit. I have been working with homeless women for a couple years now. I teach a life skills class at a shelter for women. When I was asked to teach the class the first time I didn’t know what I was going to say or what I would do. I had 1 hour to make a difference in these women’s lives…just 1 hour. I sat for a long time with what exactly could I do in just an hour. Then I said to myself in 1 hour I can show these women that they are more than their circumstances and that all people matter. I started teaching this class because I wanted to give back but I’ve learned that every time I show up to give, my heart overflows with what I receive from these women.
So many times, the homeless are treated as invisible. So many times, people believe the homeless should just get a job. So many times, society makes the homeless feel like they are their circumstances and that they don’t matter.
The amazing story in the book The Same Kind of Different as Me is being released as a movie and will be in theaters October 20th. I want to invite everyone in our sisterhood to go see this movie.
I promise you, Denver Moore, and Debbie and Ron Hall’s story will stir something inside you. It will show you the power of the human spirit and it will remind you that people matter. Regardless of their circumstances, people matter!
And this movie just might remind you of the power of your own human spirit and call you to make a difference in this world.
Click here to see the movie trailer.
Click here to get The Same Kind of Different as Me book