this morning i got to sit through an intake at work. i haven’t been able to stop thinking about it all day. the young man i met is only a few years older than me and he and his wife have four little ones. he’s been working so hard to keep their family afloat working any job that he can, but it hasn’t been enough. he almost broke down several times as he explained that he starts a great job today, but is worried because they’re behind on payments and without help, their car will be repossessed tomorrow and they’ll be evicted on February 1.
we’re a small organization and don’t have the ability to meet all of his needs, but we were able to ensure his car won’t be repossessed and help with a few other bills. we pointed him to other organizations that can help take care of his rent and we’ll continue to work with their family until they are out of the cycle of need for good.
i feel like i’m still processing through the experience, but two things that i feel like i gained a greater understanding of today are these:
- my money is not my own- God owns everything. this challenge will be great for me to not just know that but live it out.
- i am so blessed- if things were a little different, it could be troy and me in this situation.
i saw this on a blog i read and it sums up my thoughts today:
Oh, God, when I have food,
help me to remember the hungry;
When I have work, help me to remember the jobless;
When I have a warm home,
help me to remember the homeless;
When I am without pain,
help me to remember those who suffer;
And, remembering, help me
to destroy my complacency
and bestir my compassion.
Make me concerned enough
to help, by word and deed,
those who cry out.