Character, Prison Reform, Roaming Chaplain, Tough Love

He does it literally, Jesus sets prisoners free (15)

I had the privilege of praying with a young man yesterday who is old enough to be sent to war yet not mature enough to hold down a job. He is only 19 years old.

Roaming Chaplains go to the lost, wherever they are.

Out of the mud we had a conversation about life and what really matters. When I asked him about what he values and what he wants out of life? His response was as basic as most humans on earth, “To love and to be loved”

When I told him that I’ve been married for thirty six years and the key to love is choice, he seemed confused. I went on to explain that all of life is about making the right choices regardless of how you feel.

Making choices to be loyal

Making choices to work hard and provide for those you love

Making choices to separate yourself from those who tempt you to make wrong decisions

Making choices to stand alone if you have to and fight for those you love

I talked to this young man about real manhood. You could just sense his brain working 100 miles an hour trying to figure out how it applies to him.

I then asked if I could pray for him to experience the love of God on his life. It’s important for this young man to experience love beyond words.

He was very open and allowed me to pray for him. What a great moment, as I remembered calling out to God in my teens and how God met with me and transformed my life. That was over forty years ago. God has been faithful ever since. He is loyal, providing every need, comforting me when I feel alone and flooding me with love that is still too difficult to explain.

It’s also difficult, once you’ve experienced God’s goodness and love to keep it to yourself.

Praying with this young man maybe the start of a new life for him. Instead of being tossed to and fro by life’s relentless circumstances, he has an opportunity to build it on a solid foundation.

I have such strong references and guidance through the life of Jesus, it’s easy to share with everyone I meet no matter where they’re at in life.

Jesus is the most practical leader ever. Studying His life, he gets right to the core of our problems and provides the solutions. He came to share Good News and it’s addictive.

The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free

Jesus

I finally shared hope into this young man’s life and declared how he can be,

a complete man, a rich man, a free man and live life with wide open eyes if he takes what I’m saying seriously. He doesn’t have to be another victim, blaming the world around him why he can’t succeed.

Jesus came to save us who are poor, imprisoned and blind.

The best part of praying with this young man was watching him think deeply about the words I shared and consider for just a moment, “What if everything I’m saying is true”

He’ll never know until he makes choices to activate the faith that’s already in him. That’s his part, I’ve done my part by sowing the Good News.

We shook hands and as he walked away with a smile on his face, I couldn’t help but feel overjoyed on the inside.

Can I encourage my brothers & sisters in the faith to be shameless about spreading the Good News. God’s favour will forever be on your life.