Happy Saturday!! A much needed weekend in my life. Just what I need. Back to work though. So let's get right to it. This has been on my mind all week....
1 Corinthians 13:4 "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."
Adult homeless youth. Unaccompanied homeless youth. Did not God call us to love His children? Now, let's go down this list. Just put your name in place of "love" or "it".
Too real? Not in the mood for a gut check? Ok, I'll go first...
Ian is patient. Nope. Not even close.
Ian is kind. Nope. I could really care less about being kind.
Ian does not envy. Okay, I'm good on that one. I do live a purposeful life.
Ian does not boast. Nope. Every chance I get. Horrible.
Ian is not proud. Nope. Arrogant. Prideful. Refuse to listen.
Ian does not dishonor others. Nope. I disrespect people every day. I will call you every name in the book.
Ian is not self-seeking. Nope. Awful. I'm the most selfish person I know.
Ian is not easily angered. That's laughable. I go to bed angry. I wake up angry.
Ian keeps no record of wrongs. Nope. I keep a server of everyone who has ever done me wrong. I'm not forgetting. I'll wipe it clean like Hillary when Jesus comes though.
Ian does not delight in evil. Okay, I think I'm good there. Evil is evil.
Ian rejoices in the truth. Probably my #1 so far on this list.
Ian always protects. Probably #2 on this list. The jobs I've done.
Ian always trusts. Nope. Don't trust anyone. My circle is tight.
Ian always hopes. Nope. Well, if being one step from complete despair is hopeful, then yeah, ha!
Ian always perseveres. Probably #3 on this list. I never stop.
That does not look good, my friends. I'm awful on this list. Completely awful.
But God called me to love His children. The adult homeless ones too. The unaccompanied homeless ones too. Not running from that.
We are the revolutionaries that God wants us to be. Revolutionaries of love. Compassion. Service. Spine. Bullocks.
Defenders of our children. Our government continues to operate with impunity because they know you won't say anything. Because you believe God's message is to get along. Be nice. Don't step on anyone's toes.
Where do get that from? I'll tell you where. Every Sunday morning in our churches.
We go to church to feel good about ourselves. That's why we go. Too much of us are working too hard on trying to feel good.
Jesus did not allow Himself to be crucified so you can leave church feeling good about yourself. That is not going to last long. God is about kick you in the head. To get you to wake up.
He did it to me late last year. When I made a resolution to start taking some freaking action. And I've been doing it consistently since January 1, 2016.
I'm going at this pretty hard. Trying to make up for the last decade or so. Doing nothing but partying, drinking and being a whore-monger. Like a dog in heat. With that pink thing hanging out.
I do not want to turn around, be 60 years young, and look back at 2 more decades of missed opportunities to stand up for what is right.
It is not only fiscally irresponsible to allow former foster care youth to be homeless. But its bankrupt of budgetary management responsibility. And it ends when I walk out of the legislative committee office with a significant line item in the budget. Specifically for these young adults.
You will be judged. Probably just like I did myself earlier. Because standing around with your hands in your pocket won't cut it. You do not treat our youth in this manner. We're allowing our state governments, our businesses, our colleges, our real estate development companies, to abandon our youth.
When you know what is right, it is never wrong to do the right thing. It is never wrong to do the right thing.
You should never be ashamed to do the right thing. You should never shrink away from doing the right thing. I have given God my word. I have given these young adults my word.
When will one of you stand up with a pair of bullocks and get real. And start giving our youth the truth. Because I just read a report that is going to the Legislature that says the problem is that service administrators around the state are confused about the definition of the word "temporary".
That's why their homeless. Without a job. Without an education. Really.
It is time. Enough is enough. I'm in talks with a national advocacy organization in DC about a possible plan for state action. This is no joke. And don't think they haven't read my blog. The link was right under my name when I emailed them.
I know I'm not the only one fed up with this situation.
Not a shot in Hell, that I'm going to let another legislative budget session go by without allocated funds for former foster care homeless youth.
I read 369 pages of an entire agency's budget without one word of a special needs group, that is, former foster care adult youth. That's about as long as Gone With The Wind. Or The Color Purple. I have about 3 more agency budgets to go through and its not looking hopeful.
So, back to researching. Just needed to get that out. Enjoy the weekend folks!!!