When I stare at the rain I cannot help but think of my old life.
Cold, alone, hurting and not a friend in the world. Something about rainy days made it so much more painful.
Sitting behind that dumpster, my head would drift back to days of my youth. Cuddled up next to my parents, safe and secure with the whole world before me…. My mind would drift back to this place of nostalgia and comfort no matter how hard I tried to push it away.
Why did I push away the happy memories you may ask…. it’s because I had lost all hope.
I had no doubt in my mind that I had carved out my path long before and that I had blown it. My memories were nothing more than a taunting from a God that was giving me everything I deserved…. I knew that not a single soul gave a damn about me and my days of hope and love were long gone…. I had past the point of no return.
I didn’t know that people cared…. I didn’t know that God loved me and that my life was not over… that I had hope.
There is a whole world of people in this exact same prison…. lost in the illusion that not a soul on this planet gives a crap about them.
They need to know they are loved, by God and by us, but they will not know this if we don’t tell them.
I talk about this often because I will never forget that place…. I talk about it often because the smallest gesture, the smallest act of love really can change everything.
We don’t need to worry about what to say to the broken because it really doesn’t matter. The only thing that matters is that our love is sincere for these people. That love is what they will see and it will speak to their hearts, I promise you that. Even if you don’t get the response you are hoping for, you can know that right in that moment you showed them that they have not been forgotten, that they are loved.
My prayer for all of us is that our eyes will be open, are hearts filled with love and that the Spirit’s voice will be heard.
Written by: Justin Ludwig