A Couple of Classic Crusaders!
Meet Thomas. I’ve known him for at 12 years. He’s a real “character” who loves the Lord a lot. He’s always got a joke, or a word of wisdom for me. Recently, we were talking about the Lord and Thomas was quick to point out, “Hey look, you either serve him or you don’t.”
Then we got to talking about a lot of folks on the streets, and what they ought to be doing. “They’ve got to be doing something for themselves, ” he said. “You can’t just sit around do nothing and expect that good things will happen.”
And maybe there’s one quality that has helped Thomas to make his way on the streets of Uptown all these years. The quality: confidence in talking to anyone. “I’ve learned not to be scared to talk to anyone at all, ” he says. “I’m going to tell anyone I talk to exactly what I feel.”
Thomas has got a place of his own… now. He’s blessed. He also says, “I’m not perfect, I make a lot of mistakes. But life goes on.”
And then there’s Curtis. We’ve also known him for many years. He stayed at Cornerstone, and volunteered in the kitchen many years ago. Since then, he’s lived a lot of life—and who knows exactly where he’s been? Only the Lord and himself. But Curtis ended up back with us for a few weeks. He even had an old car, that barely ran, but it did run. And so he asked me to help him out with some gas, so he could “get away” for a change of pace.
I was happy to help him. “But why,” you might ask? I mean, who knows what Curtis might be up to?
And I guess my answer would be, “Why not?” I mean, doesn’t he deserve a “change of pace.” And if I (or anyone at CCO) can help at times…I mean, why not?
I’m sure I’d be thankful for any such help …. if I were in need…and needing a change of pace.
I mean, Curtis, is and has been living his life for the past 77 years. And I for one, am glad to know him.
Thanks for stopping by. Chris
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