The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.
I just got off the phone with one of my mentees that falls into that later category, all he does it text or call and it promoted me to share this post. Seven years ago, I met this young man at a church I was helping out with. He was your typical young person, but I could tell from our conversation that he was into a lot of things. When it comes to youth/young adults I always try to make myself available and in this case he wanted to talk some more, so we set up a time to talk and have lunch later that week. Long story short he kept coming to church, eventually became a Christian, and we started doing one-on-one bible studies. Was he perfect – nope. But I just stuck with him. His mom who was his best friend died of cancer, and he got really angry, the closer she got to passing away. I spent an entire weekend at the hospital with him and his family. I had to drag him out of the hospital room when he wanted to fight his biological father who he had so much anger towards. His dad walked out of his life, but showed up at his mother’s deathbed. I had to sit in a car for 2 hours while this young man cried, and poured out his heart about how mad he was and how he hated his dad. However, over the next 6 months I (with God’s help) helped him reconcile with his father and get free from his anger. This same young man, is now in college now getting an associates degree, he doesn’t drink or smoke any more, he has changed his friends, and is one the nicest guys you could meet…is he perfect – nope. But, he is changed.
This time last year two young men I mentored were incarnated so I could only write to them and encourage them through letter. One of the young men I had never met him, but his mother asked me to reach out to him after I spoke to her at one of my book signings. I wrote to the young man and God was gracious; he listened to what I had to say. I wrote to him for almost 2.5 years and never met him, until this past fall when he was released early and placed on parole. He is now working a full time job, he has his own car, he has changed his associations, he is working on get his own place, and has a plan and goal for moving forward with his life, is he perfect – nope. But, he is changed.
The second young man, I met while I was speaking at a church service. He came up and wanted prayer and to give his life to Christ. We talked some more after church, and I asked for his number, he lied and gave me the wrong number, but I found him on Facebook. He didn’t respond much to me on Facebook, or to my emails. Nonetheless, I just kept myself “visible” and available. Four months after that church service he went back to jail, and I began to write him…and he began through letters to tell me about his struggles and family problems. While in jail he got back on the right track, and I just kept encouraging him to stay focused and it would work out, God would bless him if he did the right things and trusted Him. When he was released, he reached out to me, he did not have a place to live, and had no money. I sent some money to him Western Union and a few days later he got a job. Now he is traveling around the country working for a company, enjoying life and doing the right things. Last month he was presented with a “Top Sales” award for his outstanding sales performance. Is he perfect – nope. But, he is changed.
I am not telling this to brag about how great I am, because God knows I am not perfect. But amongst all the negative stuff we see on television, one of the most powerful tools we have to change lives is human compassion. When people see that we care, it does something, it can spark a fire in them that they did not know was there. Will everyone we “care about” change, no, but it never hurts to try. We all have opportunities to impact people’s lives on a daily basis. This world has become so crazy, because people have stopped caring about one another. People do not know their next-door neighbors, or the person in the condo across the hall from them.
I am not saying befriend everybody, or go out and randomly start trying to help people. But, when the opportunity presents itself do not brush it off, take the time, and consider inconveniencing yourself for that moment, because you never know the effect it will have on that person. Think about it.