D came home last night from his job at McDonald's. He was laughing really hard telling us how he had been praying all night and that Jesus did him right.
"We were so busy and I was on the grill. I was just praying, 'Lord, please just give me cheeseburgers, double cheeseburgers, McChickens, and Big Macs. Please don't give me any wraps 'cause I don't know how to make those yet.' And, He did. I didn't get a wrap all night. Thank you, Jesus!"
Right after the boys moved in, Trey helped him find his first job and he's been working faithfully and enthusiastically for three weeks. Friday night he brought home his very first paycheck and he was so excited. It was his own money and hard earned at that. It hadn't been given to him by the welfare system or loaned to him by someone who would be charging exhorbitant interest just because they could.
He is beginning to see the value of hard work and what it takes to earn a dollar. He's learning to have a boss and respect this new kind of authority and it's been a joy to watch.
He told us last night that his mom was looking for a job as well but it wouldn't last. Her history was that she would work until she got her first paycheck then quit. Once she got what she wanted, she was done and would stay unemployed for a while only to start the process all over again.
It doesn't seem like much but for him to get dressed and go to work on Saturday after receiving his paycheck on Friday is already beginning to break the cycle of poverty and short-sightedness that has been modeled for him. By these small victories, the future of this one child is changing before our eyes.
Thank you Lord, that you can restore the years the locusts have eaten and you give us the privilege of witnessing you do it. Keep us mindful of your ever-present help as we pray that you will change the trajectories of D and Darius' lives. Our need for you is both great and small and your grace is sufficient for both. Finally, thank you again for 'no wraps'.