Monday, February 25, 2008

"Thank you, Jesus!"

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'.


MissHannah said...

I love this.

Shawn and Jami said...

That is what it is all about:)


Amy said...

I'm a first time visitor so I don't know the stories behind D and Darius, but your post was inspiring, and I pray for their continued growth and success. God Bless!

THESE 3 KINGS said...

as you have said...what a joy and privilege for the LORD to allow us to see Him at work..I am so thankful for the HOPE this will bring this young man!!

rejoicing with you over not having a wrap!!! can we say that's a testimony that he would provide all of your needs according to his riches

Jana said...

This makes me cry! I am so happy that he's proud of his job and doing so well. Lifechanging!

Abbie said...

That is SO awesome, Melissa!

What a special special thing to witness!

Holli said...

I believe I could never order a wrap again!:) And that is the only "health" thing they have on the Micky D's menu here in the UK......they still even sale the fried apple pies over here. -Super Size me has not made it over the the pond!
I will be praying for the boys and for the role models in their lives!

JB said...

What a wonderful story Mel! God is so awesome! I love, love reading your posts!

S. said...

sniff sniff--truly AWESOME!

Candy said...

This is wonderful. His face lights up when he talks of his work. I love this boy! May God continue to bless him and Darius and fill all of you with His Spirit to continue the good work begun in these young lives.
Love you,

emily said...

I really love that story- love that he is making changes, that his brother has a new model to follow and that you guys are playing a huge part!

Who goes to McD's for a wrap anyway, he shouldn't learn to make them, ever! Thank you Jesus for no wraps:)

DidiLyn said...

Ahhh, I love it. Thank you Jesus. These things that look small are so big and just shout "I love YOU!" from Heaven.
Thanks for sharing,

Patriot said...

That is fantastic. He does not even realize right now what a gift he's being given - but he will. God bless you and your family!

Farmboy and Buttercup said...

Ok, I just stumbled on your blog for the first time and you are hilarious! What a great sense of humor. The art is in making fun of yourself. I got to get me to Jan's for some wings....


fully operational battle station said...

I love this kid! Awesome story. And I love his enthusiasm.