Have you ever felt powerless? Like you couldn’t do anything about the situation you were in? Like when my phone crashed yesterday or when I held the hand of a two year-old dying of cancer. At one time or another, I suspect we have all felt powerless. But growing up as a young black man on the south side of Chicago this can easily be accepted as an every day reality.
When recently asked where most young black men who live in the hood end up, the boys all said, “Dead or in prison.” Is this just the way it is?
The Psalmist asks, “Who executes justice for the oppressed and gives food to the hungry?” And then he declares, “The Lord sets the prisoners free; the Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts of those who are bowed down…he upholds the widow and the fatherless…”! (Ps. 146:7-9)
Mentoring isn’t the answer, but it is a means. It is a means to expressing and experiencing the power of the gospel; the power of Christ who died, was buried, and who rose from the grave! I’ve come to realize the power of perspective, the power of seeing things not through eyes of fear but with eyes of faith, the power of seeing things as they can be not as they appear to be!
This Sunday we celebrate Easter. I’m praying Ephesians 1:19-20 for our boys and for each of you supporting the mission of Young Knights:
“I pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead….”
- Resurrection power can bring power to the powerless, hope to the hopeless, and healing to the hurting!
- Resurrection power means prayers can be answered, sins can be forgiven, and death is defeated!
- Resurrection power means real and lasting change is possible!
Because He lives!
P.S. I want to invite you to join us for a two-hour tour of some of the roughest neighborhoods in Chicago. You will see the neglect and poverty and hear stories and statistics of gang violence, addiction, and brokenness. But you will also see God’s heart for these neighborhoods as you meet some of the boys who call this place home.
en·vi·sion is an opportunity to see the hope of a future that is found in Jesus – the hope of real and lasting change through God’s mighty power!