Thursday, March 27, 2014

It's the Small Things

Whenever Todd and I receive a text from him we know to quickly respond. We respond because he comes to us when he is in need, and it's hard to ask for help. We made it clear from the beginning of last football season that whatever he needed - big or small, we will do our best to care for him. He is 17 years old and almost an adult but has had a rough family life. Today I received a text from him asking if he could stop by and my response was, "Always!" He stopped by I got him something to drink, we chatted about work, school, and college. I asked how things were going living at his aunt's house. He responded that he wasn't living there anymore. "What? Where are you living now?" He told me about his new "home." He said it was fine. He sleeps on a sofa on the living room. I ask if he's hungry and wants some food. His response, like most 17 year old boys, is YES! I heat up some leftovers for him as my three children are going crazy wild jumping on the couch. He eats it all up and then I ask if he wants dessert. His response again is YES! After he finishes he brings his plate into the kitchen. I ask, "How are you really doing? You seem a bit down." He tells me that he doesn't have food and can't pay his cell phone bill. I tell him, "I have some cash. I will give you what I have." I go look in my wallet and I have a $1 and $100 and that's it. Weeks ago I heard God tell me to keep the $100 in my purse just in case, well, it seems like this was the "just in case" God given moment. I hand him the $100. I tell him that's all I have. He says, "I can run and get change for you at 7-11." I respond, "No way. God told me weeks ago to keep it in my wallet, just in case someone was in need." He says thank you, gives me a big hug and then heads on his way. Later on I texted him. "I'm glad you stopped by today. I just want to be clear that you don't owe us anything. We want you to feel free to ask for help whenever you need it and we don't expect anything in return."

Before we started serving our local HS last year I had just watched The Hobbit and the one line that stuck out to me was this, "I found it is the small things, everyday deeds by ordinary folk, that keep the darkness at bay. Simple acts of kindness and love." -Gandolph

I have cried a few times this week after being deeply grieved for these High School students that we get to care for. It is hard to hear their stories but there is great joy and hope in watching them come alive, succeed, understand and desire to live a different life. Everyday deeds by ordinary people. It starts with love. It's not hard, love God and love His people. It's the small things.