Can you even believe that we are in April already? Where did time go this year? I blinked and another month passed me by and I have no idea how we got there.
We added a child to our fold at the end of January. He was tossed aside and told that he was no longer wanted or welcomed in the home of his father. He was given up on. How incredibly sad. I can’t imagine what was going through his mind as this was happening to him. He was tossed out in the middle of winter with nowhere to go.
He was already friends with our older girls, and we knew him and his struggles. When we learned that this had happened to him, there was no question whether we would take action to love this young man. It was an immediate, “You will live with us.”
It hasn’t been easy for any of us, but he knows that we love him like he is our own child. He knows that he has a home and a warm place to sleep. He knows that if he ever needs anything he can come to us. He knows that he has a forever family with us.
This child that was quickly tossed aside, had a life end. He needed a new life. This would be a moment that would change his life forever. He had two choices: drop out of school and go stay with his brother who was eleven years older and didn’t live a life appropriate for teenagers to experience on a daily basis, or live with a family of crazy people that would love him forever. It was a real struggle for him because he was choosing his new life. Which path would he want to walk?
Friends, I am so glad that he chose us. I am so glad that he chose to have a new life with us. We definitely aren’t the perfect choice, but we have been able to show him real family and struggles and how we can get through it all together.
In the time that he has been with us, his life has changed. 2 Corinthians 5:17, “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” He quit habits that could destroy his body and health and learned that God really wants him and really loves him unconditionally. We didn’t force church on him. We told him that we would never make him go to church, but he was always welcome to go. He hasn’t missed a service yet. He even has a tattoo of a scripture on his arm.
I bet you are wondering which verse he had tattooed on his arm. He had the first part of 1 Timothy 6:12 tattooed on his right forearm so that he can always look down and remember how his life was changed forever in one moment, “Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have declared so well before many witnesses.”
Lord, we have a new life in you. The old life that we once had has been swept away and you have declared a new life over us. This is a good life. A life of purpose and love. A life that is meant to be full of joy in you. Bless this new life in you. Amen.