Tonight I am amazed at how each of us has a story, and each one is important.
This weekend while singing for and participating in Laurel University’s commencement, I heard the story of a former drug dealer who gave his life to the Lord in prison, and now speaks to youth groups in the area. He graduated today with a degree in ministry and Christian counseling.
I met a retired police officer who is now a youth pastor. He ministers to teens who are broken, abused, troubled. He and his wife shared that they listen to our CDs in their van as they transport kids to church. At one time, this retired cop had fought and arrested the aforementioned dealer-turned-preacher. They hugged today as they both walked across the stage with their degrees. It’s one thing to hear “Amazing Grace,” but even more powerful to see it.
Real ministry does not require a stage or microphone. In fact, some of the most effective people will largely be unnoticed. But we ALL have a story, because we all fit into His. Opportunities to write more of His story are available to each of us, every day.