So as you may know we moved to a new town during the summer and I prayed that God would use me to witness to the community, that He would open doors for me.
I met my neighbors children over the summer, but I have not met the mom yet and there is no dad in the home. At first I was weary about the family and told my daughter I didn’t want her hanging out with the son who is a junior high student. The reasons I had were the behavior of the children seemed to be, let’s say not so good. The mom was gone days working and most nights also. The boy was in charge of his little sister all summer and he seemed to tease her constantly and make her life a living hell. I had heard her screaming many times and I had incidents where she threw things in my yard and she even flicked off my friend who came to visit one day. I have had my concerns with things happening in the home also.
You see I was starting to judge them. I thought I don’t want to be a part of those things anymore, I have changed and my home is no longer like that.
Well, one day I saw both children and I asked the boy why his sister was screaming all the time, he said he liked to tease her. I got upset with him and told him how his sister needed him to love and protect her, not hurt her. I told him I didn’t want to hear her screaming anymore. I haven’t heard her screaming since that day.
I thought the kid was never going to talk to me again, but to my surprise he kept coming around. He has eaten dinner with us, become friends with my daughter and her boyfriend, and I even drive him to school when he misses his bus. We have formed this relationship and I still haven’t met his mom.
Well, this morning I heard him knocking on my door and I was half asleep, I didn’t want to get up, but he was persistent. I told God that this boy needed to wake up on time and catch his bus. I was not wanting to get out of bed. God reminded me that our rides to school consist of listening to Klove and we have had some short talks about God together.
I drove him and after all this time driving him I never realized the name of his school until today. It so happens my Church volunteers at this school every month and stencils on the walls, to brighten the school up and have the children read positive messages daily. They are starting a mentoring program there and I was debating going to the meeting Saturday. I told him about what our Church does and I told him about the mentoring program. I told him I will tell them I have a kid already and that I would take him and be his mentor. He couldn’t help but to smile as he got out of the car.
You see we are so selfish, I didn’t want to get out of bed, I didn’t want to deal with this families problems and if I hadn’t done what God was telling me to do I would have missed this message about the mentoring program and making that kid feel wanted today. God showed him love today. God showed me more purpose for my life today.
You see God doesn’t yell at us and guilt trip us into doing things, he just gives opportunities that benefit us also. It’s up to us to take them though. I definitely benefited more getting my butt out of bed than if I stayed in it. We will have plenty of time to rest when we go home, but for now, it’s time to work and do what God puts in our lives everyday.
We shouldn’t not want to be bothered or deal with carrying someone else’s burdens. I know God has plans for this boy and possibly his whole family, I know God is seeking him out. I am so excited for him, he has no idea what’s coming for him and I am so happy that God chose me to be a part of it.
God I am sorry about my selfishness today and my judgement in the past. Thank you for not letting this opportunity pass me by and reminding me that it is about being your hands and feet and loving on others, no matter what kind of life they may live or how rough they may seem on the surface.