Posted by: Darrell Johnson | February 22, 2010

Lego Sets, Socks, and Lessons Learned

Life at Jeff St. is a gift. It’s a gift that I am thankful for (at this moment), but sometimes I take it for granted. Again life at Jeff St. is a gift. Sometimes it’s that LEGO set you always wanted as a kid, sometimes it’s socks. One gift you may have valued more important than the other but whatever the case it’s something that should be appreciated. I mean really… who wants socks for Christmas or their birthday? Maybe some folks do, and that’s cool; but for the most part we never sat on Santa’s lap and asked for a good ole pair of Gold Toes.

There are good days and their are down right demoralizing days; days where you just want to throw in the towel and retreat. Days when the enemy just has you cornered and tears you apart. It’s easy to lose hope when you are around so much negativity. But thank God we have a Savior who has endured so much more than I ever could (my own sin included) and has never held it against us for doing so. He willfully made the sacrifice that makes it possible for me to look forward to better days. But while I walk this fallen, beat up world I must take refuge in that truth.

Wants vs. Needs….LEGO sets vs. Socks…Selfishness vs. Selflessness…and, well you get the idea.

I was doing my laundry last night in the HOPE apartment and as I folded my socks I realized two things…ONE: The LEGO set I got in first grade is long gone & TWO: Socks area good thing/practical thing to have (especially in Winter). Again life at Jeff St. is a gift…the moments that we long for are their and they are great when we take advantage of them, but for those moments that we don’t necessarily look forward to or the conflicts that we may have to endure will help us out down the road. And prepare us for what waits ahead post-HOPE and that is the continuing trend of living in a jacked up world that is in need of a perfect, compassionate Savior.

Please pray for Jeff St.:
-the men who participate in the programs offered there
-the day shelter guests who come in daily, pray that the Gospel would be shared with them in both word and deed.
-the staff who work tirelessly and faithfully
-the HOPE team who are learning so much as we venture through this season of our lives…pray that we would stay True to the Gospel and that we would be bold to share it and patient/faithful during trying times.

(2) through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. (3) Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; (4) perseverance, character; and character, hope.
—ROMANS 5:2-4

OH LORD, guide us all.

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