Reggie Dabbs, one of my favorite speakers, has visited our church a few times over the years. He was a product of an encounter between his mother and a man she was sleeping with to get money for groceries. No one, at this moment, speaks to more high school kids in this country than Reggie. His message of love changes the lives of students, teachers, and their communities.
Last week I met a young man working with We Agape You in the city of Reading. He had grown up with violence, crime, gangs, drugs, and homelessness. Now he delivers food to those in need and is building a new life for his wife and soon-to-be child.
Val has had clients who were sick and going through some tough times in their lives. For the hour or two they are in her chair, she makes them feel valued and welcomed. She helps them see their inner and outer beauty.
Thursday night Carter and I talked about school. Out of curiosity, I asked him if there is anyone he doesn’t like. He said, “Dad, I want to be friends with everyone.”
My visceral response to this is varied. Ever have one of those Moses moments? You know, where you tell God you aren’t fit for the calling? You make up excuses. Reality, the reflection in the mirror, seems to speak against your heart.
That small voice inside prompts with options. When was the last time you…sat on the couch and relaxed, had a drink, fed the addiction? Shouldn’t you do something for yourself every now and then? You could always start tomorrow.
Nobody will buy that story/product anyway.
We must turn the focus around. It’s funny, when I feel the insecurity the most is when I’m focusing on myself. Worry comes in waves.
The fact is, we are not enough. We can’t do it alone.
God, as Moses was told, designed us for a purpose. We are to change the world, to take our stories and tell them to provide hope for those going through the same. We are to be in a community of action and faith, belief and boots on the ground.
We must unite across location, race, economic class, political party, and agenda, holding hands not pointing fingers.
There is someone out there who needs you today. They need you right now. They may be a friend or neighbor. They may be family. Drive to the city and you’ll see them on the corners or waiting outside the shelter. It is not easy but, if you step out in faith you will see God’s hand in action.
When we were driving around Reading this week, we were talking about shelters and the need for work and self-worth. The young man I mentioned above said this,
“Too many places give you a pillow and say, ‘get comfortable.'”
How comfortable are you today?