God sent you here for me.

One day the kid who was writing the book came to me and said, “Ron.  I know God sent you hear for me.”  It’s funny because weeks prior I had suspected just that.  On my last day he came to me and said, “I know that He is sending you to help some other kids.”  Then he promised, “I will continue what you have started here and will help all the others who come into the program.”  You see, God works by having us work in the lives of others who in turn continue His work in more.

God has used me to help the children.

This kid could hardly speak English properly let alone write, but let me tell you; his imagination and creativity is unlimited.  Soon he was up to about six chapters.  The cool thing was that his writing served a dual purpose as did the writing of the rest of the residents.  I was able to achieve what the clinicians were unable to do for years.  What was the root of their issues were all coming out on paper.  The truth was being revealed.  Revelation was at hand and freedom was not far behind.  God had used me to help the children.

He was so excited!

Before you know it I was being approached every day by the teenage residents with poems, short stories and book chapters.  I began to work with them as much as I could at the home.  One resident, a former gang member, would give me a chapter every week and I would edit it for him on my days off.  You should have seen how happy he was the first time I brought the edited work back to him.  He was so excited!

Oddly Enough

Oddly enough I was able to deal with the volatile environment and bring sweeping changes to the program.  The Holy Spirit enabled me to pour His loving energy into the hearts of the children.  Every day I would picture their faces in my mind and repeat to myself “I’m sorry. Please forgive me.  Thank you.  I love you.”  Things became unusually calm very quickly at the home.

Be careful what you pray for…

Often our prayers are answered in ways we don’t always like, but the gift is still given.  A few months back I prayed for a position in which I would be able to help children.  I wanted to make a difference in their troubled lives.  God brought me to a place where I could do just that, but just not exactly as I had imagined.  It was very difficult at first and somewhat of a sacrifice to the time I spend with my family.  Be careful what you pray for; you just may get it!

The Next Level

I adamantly believe that trial and tribulations are God’s way of preparing us for the next level in our journey, it really helps to hear it from friends.  Like Pastor Steve said, in not so many words, if any at all, we all need to take a nice big piece of humble pie every once in a while.  What we need to remember is that we have only become very good at our current level and the next will require much more skill to master.  We are on an eternal journey of transformation.

“To infinity and beyond!”  -Buzz Lightyear