Do you ever get frustrated when you are trying to help someone overcome something in their lives or believing in change for someone?
Tielhard de Chardin wrote that we must ‘trust in the slow work of God.’
Who are we not to? It takes what it takes for the great turnaround. Wait for it.
Gary shares that he was not always good at waiting. One example concerned Leo, a short, squat, exceedingly likable kid you could not resist wanting to help. Gary set up many interviews etc. for him and he would just be left hangin’. One evening he happened to run into Leo after being stood up. He began to apologize etc. and G responded, “No need to apologize, mijo, you taught me something tonight.”
Leo was confused, “I did?”
“That’s right. Tonight you taught me that no amount of my wanting you to have a life is the same as you wanting to have one. Now, I can help you get a life - I just can’t give you the desire to want one. So, when you want a life, call me.”
Some months later, Leo did call G. What turned the lightbulb on? He was watching TV and saw a commercial about ITT Institute and he wanted to get him one a’ them… careers.
Leo was amazing with animals so G called his vet and Leo got hired right away. He began with cleaning up the dog poop and cages, then learned to bathe the animals and give shots. Now Leo is supervisor at an animal shelter. He got himself “one a’ them careers.” It was worth the wait.
“Sometimes you need to walk in the gang member’s door, in order to introduce him to a brand-new door. You grab what he finds valuable and bend it around something else, a new form of nobility. You try to locate his moral code and conform it to a new standard that no longer includes violence and the harboring of enemies.”
“I’ve come to trust the value of simply showing up…. and singing the song without words. And yet, each time I find myself sitting with the pain that folks carry, I’m overwhelmed with my own inability to do much more than stand in awe, dumbstruck by the sheer size of the burden, more than I’ve ever been asked to carry.”
(I just have to share this story word for word. So powerful!) (Pedro’s brother has just killed himself)
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Shining for Jesus,
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