Friday, September 20, 2013
Where is the love?
This is sort of a follow post based on my Thankless Job post. Yesterday as many of you know was my birthday. It was a great birthday which started with the pastors taking me out for lunch and was followed with the entire staff surprising me with cupcakes. By far that was enough for me to enjoy my day!
But...that wasn't the end of my day of partying. One of my youth Danielle Galloway, invited me to dinner and said that she would pay. I don't know about you but when I was 16 my money was worth far more than even the actual value of the money. Money equaled independence. So needless to say I was overwhelmed at the fact that Danielle wanted to pay for my dinner and she didn't want to just go to a fast food restaurant, she wanted to go to a sit down restaurant which was even more expensive.
Still that was not where the night ended. She said had her dad pretend that he forgot something at the church and needed us to go look for it. So off we went back to the church where I was surprised by almost all the High School youth in our youth group! They had cupcakes and ice cream and had decorated the room. It was amazing1
As if the party wasn't enough I also received two hand made cards from a couple of the girls which were absolutely awesome and a 3 page letter from Danielle which went into detail about how much I mean to her and the impact I have had on her life.
It was amazing. Simply amazing. Words can not describe the feelings I had inside of me after what they did for me. I must have read all the cards, the letter, and the paper which Harper wrote earlier in the week around 6 times last night.
When people are so happy that they have a high paying job and their pockets are lined with cash which allows them to buy anything they want, they are still missing the feeling I had last night. That feeling of love, excitement, and that you are making a difference in someone's life. I have played a hand in molding their lives. Sometimes it is a small part, sometimes it is a large part but I am always playing a part.
For someone who doesn't have biological kids at least I know what it feels like to have the unconditional love of youth I will cherish September 19th, 2013 in my heart for the rest of my life!
Did I say this was a thankless job? I think I just got smacked in the face with the answer!
Love you all!