A few days ago, I was given the opportunity to tour a Boise Rescue Mission’s men’s shelter. I expected to see poverty, hear stories of homelessness, and experience a lot of sadness for the tremendous need sheltered away each night in my own backyard.
Instead, I was surprised at the abundance of hope.
I ate lunch with a number of guys who, a year ago, were behind bars. Their honestly about their convictions and crimes were but a footnote to the present reality of God working in their lives as they found freedom from addiction, and safety from a life of chaos.
Hope. It’s something we all need. That moment when we’re able to realize the past is just that, and tomorrow isn’t yet written. That through community, humility, and repentance, God can begin to mold… something else.
Do you need something else? Maybe walk in to your local shelter and ask for a tour. My guess is you’ll be surprised by what you’ll see, and encouraged to return home to face whatever is holding your hope hostage today.