Love talk series continues in ChristianBlessings blog, Christian Tagalog Talk section. I hope that my posts there inspire you in your everyday walk of life. In case you missed the last post (Do all your work in love), you may view it here. In line with that, I thought of sharing something with you today which I stumbled upon the internet last week. I must admit it provoked me to reflect and ask myself how to do the similar act of love with the gifts God has given me.
I am talking about no other than the admirable deed of a Filipino hair stylist, Mark Bustos, who is now residing at the New York City. I know this is not among the latest news features today; it actually circulated through social media and dailies around August of this year. I’m pretty sure some of you might have had already heard about him offering his haircut service for free to homeless people within the vicinity.
You may view full articles and look at the transformation photos in the following links:
- Huffington Post – Stylist who spends every Sunday cutting hair for homeless: ‘Every human life is worth the same’
- DailyMail.co.uk – Haircuts for the Homeless: New York City hairstylist swaps salon for the streets
- PhilSTAR – In PHOTOS: Filipino who cuts hair of New York’s homeless
- He posts his clients’ photos on his Instagram account: @markbustos
Now, I do not know if he’s a Christian or not. But setting religion aside, what he has done and has been doing until the present time is indeed commendable. He shows a concrete example of sharing love to others, even to people we do not personally know.
We need not be rich to extend some help to those who are in need or to give our contributions for the betterment of our society. I have always believed that part of God’s plan in humankind is that each one of us should participate in building up each other in love and in good faith according to the gifts God has given us.
In the case of Mark Bustos, he knows he has a talent in hair styling/hair cutting, and he took advantage of this gift to give back to the society by offering his service to the homeless for free. This way, he gives hope to these people. If you read the articles, the transformation story and feel-good effect of the people are tear-jerking. One even asked him right after his haircut, “Do you know someone who’s hiring?” cause he once again felt that he looks good enough to search for a job.
Bustos said he intentionally cuts hair for the homeless in open, well-traveled spaces like street corners and sidewalks so that the public can watch — “not to see me,” he notes, but so that others can find inspiration in the good deed, and be kind to those less unfortunate as well. “Even a simple smile can go a long way,” Bustos told HuffPost.
Simple acts of love can result to great stories of transformation in people’s lives.
Christians, where are we now? What are we contributing for the wellness of the world God has created? What cause are we living for in the name of God’s love?