Life, it’s more than a game – September 1
Baltimore Maryland is ranked as one of top 10 most dangerous cities in the country. While there are many beautiful and artistic parts of the city (I spent five years of my life living there during college and shortly after), Baltimore can go from safe to scary in less than a block. My brother is a college football coach and one of his recruiting areas happens to be Baltimore City. This past winter he was recruiting there when a huge snowstorm hit, closing city schools for a week because snow could not be removed from the streets. His plans to visit prospective students at their high schools were then changed to home visits. During one specific visit, he went to a small apartment that housed a family of eight, one member of whom was an excellent football player, fit for his school’s program. His agenda that day was to talk football. What he observed during his short time with this family, however, was the incredibly grave circumstances in which they lived. The extreme poverty and amount of danger that this family lived in was horrific. (Did I mention that my brother also recruits in Camden…you get the point)! After leaving this apartment, my brother called his coaching colleagues and said that they needed to get this student out of his situation quickly, or things may end very badly. So, my brother was able to work with this student, his high school and coaches to help him graduate high school early. Then my brother brought him to New Jersey, and put him up in a dorm where he had a safe place to sleep, food to eat, and clothes to wear. This was not about bettering their football program, though it may. This was about bettering one life.
It is overwhelming to look at the poverty and danger that surrounds us in all cities, even those just minutes away from where we live. We can’t fix it all, and sometimes the enormity of it can stop us from doing anything. But, we can help to better what is right in front of us. -Amanda Cavaliere
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God
(2 Corinthians 1:3-4).
Heather shared in her message this week that compassion is a priority to God.
Is it a priority for you?
Do you put your agenda on hold when God has plans elsewhere for you to show His compassion?
Who is in front of you right now that may need your compassion? What’s your next step?
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