“This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” Jesus
As we finished up our Christmas Care Kit party in one of the units last month a young man I am mentoring handed me a letter he had written to me. I wanted to share it with you.
“I am writing this letter to express my gratitude and appreciation for you and all other LifeQuest staff and programs available for me and other clients at both YDDC and CNYC. I can honestly say that because of the programs such as Bible study, AA/NA and life skills groups I have become a better man than I was before. I have had and still have a long journey ahead of me.Thanks to LifeQuest I am better able to continue my journey. Especially with the help of John Jones, my mentor, my role model, but most importantly my friend. Without your help I would not be where I am today as a person. You have taught me so much about life, myself, and most importantly my relationship with God. You taught me that I only need to be okay in two places, looking at myself in the mirror, and on my knees before God. Thank you for all of your time. I look forward to continuing working with you and all other members of LifeQuest.”
I wept when I read this letter. Not because I was noticed or special or even that he took the time to say “thank you.’ I wept because he called me “friend” and it showed he’s actually listening to those things we talk about.
I’m not anything special. I’ve simply been walking with this young man for the last two years. He’s really not all that different from me. He has a past. He’s made mistakes. But as I’ve told him as I was told years ago God will use EVERYTHING from our past to serve Him and others if we are simply willing to give it to Him.
Here’s the reality; LifeQuest offers many different programs to the youth in the different facilities where we serve. But a program has never changed anyone’s life. Relationships do.
It’s National Mentoring Month. Would you consider helping to change a young person’s life? You don’t have to be smart or have all the answers. You just need to be willing to love a young man or woman that desperately needs to be loved. Or, support our efforts to love these young people through your continued prayer and financial support. We thank you in advance.
John D. Jones