The morning of 9/1/87, I was standing outside a convenience store with the clothes on my back and not much more. I had a hangover, the sun was too bright, and as of the night before, I was homeless.
Already skilled at making brilliant decisions (ahem) I was desperately trying to figure out my next move. And through the monkey mind chatter, I heard a small voice say “this isn’t my plan for you.”
What’s so amazing (besides hearing voices) is that I was not a believer. I didn’t know God, and I certainly was not a churchgoer. But I KNEW it WAS God, and this peace, I cannot put into words, came over me… all I needed to do was call back the facility that I’d escaped from the night before, and the rest would work itself out.
And the rest did work out.
But not because I’m some amazing person that suddenly went from active addict to productive member of society. It worked out because of the people in my life. My exasperated parents, the tireless counselors, the others trying to turn their lives around. And then later it was the mentors that poured their lives into me on both the career and spiritual front. It was people who saw something in me and invested their lives in mine.
Neighbor (noun): one’s fellow human being
Neighbors aren’t just those that live next to you – it’s those that journey along with us – neighbors are our people. Reflecting back this morning, on my own anniversary, I would have never made it without the PEOPLE. And reflecting on the last couple of days of Hurricane Harvey, it’s the PEOPLE, serving our neighbors, investing my life in theirs, that have been the ultimate privilege of my redeemed life.
Feeling super grateful this morning…on so many fronts,
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