It has been some time since I talked about the group of boys that I’ve promised to walk with through the next 3 years. Through the most torturous season of their lives, also known as “Middle School.” If you didn’t already know, I lead a group of about 20 boys with a couple of awesome co-leaders in the middle school environment at our church, it’s called Transit.
In Transit, this summer has been about trying to get together to just hang out, get to know each other more, and work on a service project or two. Unfortunately, the 2 weekends that were being offered to do service projects I had already had prior commitments, so the co-leaders of the group organized this past weekend to have some of the boys go to downtown Atlanta to serve lunches and connect with about 200 homeless people. (did I tell you how awesome the co-leaders are?)
During group time on Sunday it became apparent that for the boys, this was huge.
I believe one of the biggest things any parent could ever hope and pray, is that their child “gets it” or that soon enough things are going to “get real” for them. We also have to understand that prior to this moment, for the most part “it’s” not going to be real, and we really have to be sensitive to this fact.
What do I mean by “it?”
Well, it could mean a lot of things, but from the discussion time on Sunday, “it” meant:
- Child Abuse
- Losing it all (and the fear of)
- Hunger (to the point of almost starving)
- Not knowing when you will have your next meal
- Not knowing IF you will have A next meal
These are just a few things that became real to these boys, however the rest of “it” that also became real was not all negative. During the time they spent downtown, they played football, talked, and even a few of the boys prayed over some of the homeless people along with some of the other adult leaders. In that small amount of time, the rest of “it” became real.
The “it” that I’m talking about here means:
it God doesn’t become real to some people until some of the aforementioned “it” things are experienced. Directly or indirectly we all experience certain “it” things, and for most people this will place a tension on our hearts to do something about it, although many times we don’t.
As Christians, we are not allowed to ignore this tension and we must do something about it.
So our group did something(sans me), and “it” became real to them, and it was awesome. So awesome, in fact that they want to continue to go at least every other month. This result is definitely more than any of us had ever expected, but we are so grateful that for some of them, “it” has finally became real.