Today's blog comes from a Facebook posting by my friend Doug Bywaters. I think he said things better than I could.
Day 3, thankful
I’m blessed with three great children. I am certain my image is engraved into their memory, especially images of disapproval, approval and joy. I know it to be true since I can still hear my Dads voice once in a while, usually something like “Dougie Dammit” (no… I never thought my last name was Dammit as Bill Cosby claims). I believe voices of condemnation and affirmation work with our learned sense of right and wrong, guiding our choices every day, and for this I am thoughtful.
So what if a youth does not have a positive influence, what if their moral compass points in a direction that eventually lands them in jail. How does one re-calibrate the compass? Well, that is what the past three days have entailed. As a team, we flood every participant with as much Love as possible. There are literally over a Thousand (1000) different people tangibly involved in funding, prayer and full contact interaction for 30 young men during this single weekend. At first glance this might seem to be enough i to make an impact, but in my humble opinion..it is nowhere close enough.
The key to making a difference is the third person of our holy trinity. I had two opportunities’ to spill my guts this weekend, and a bunch of thrashing of my old Yamaha FG180. During speaking, thoughts came to me that influenced my short messages. I learned today that many of the young men put pencil to paper, taking notes relating to a particular portion of my talk, a portion I thought was insignificant. I didn’t build that, I didn’t plan that…heck I can’t even take credit for writing that but I am confident I know who did.
How many times have we heard “let go and let God”, usually encouraged when we are near the end of our rope. I don’t think we close to the end of our rope this weekend, but we entered the prison knowing we could not do it “alone”, and we were not alone. We had too many coincidences occurring to be coincidence, several young men at the end of the weekend shared their amazement of what they experienced. So I wonder who’s voice will these young men hear when the holy spirit affirms or discourages choices they are about to make? I hope for at least a few it will be mine and I hope it is my affirming voice.
Again, you may be wondering what is my reason for this long rant? It’s because I hear many very dear friends on FB committing to prayer when they know the Holy Spirit is telling them to become involved. I know I don’t always jump in with both feet, but after this weekend I am considerably more aware that a voice of direction available, if I only listen. Given all that, what does the Holy Spirits voice sound like to you and are you listening? For some of us, acting now to Gods call could defer the efforts of a thousand people to someone else. For others, a whole new world would be opened ahead of them. What are you going to do with that?