By Roger Button, Chaplain, Clark County Family YMCA
I just finished my annual motorcycle ride. I rode through eight states, nine if you count the state of confusion that I normally live in, and rode over 4,000 miles. I saw many wonderful things, enjoying God’s creation along the way.
I would not have been able to go on vacation at all if the volunteers of the “Summer Lunch Program” had not been so wonderful. They ran the whole thing in my absence. Their willingness to positively impact kids in need humbles my soul. After we get all set up and before we open the doors we read a scripture, discuss it and pray over all the kids that we will be serving. Today, Demi, my assistant who is amazing, shared that one day she was talking to a kid and she asked, “How is your day going?” The child looked up and said, “Not good, Mom has been yelling at Dad a lot.” Demi shared how kids, even though they may not appear to be listening, hear everything adults say. She reminded us that we need to be careful, not only what we say, but how we say it. She said, “We should make sure that we are lifting not only the kids up, but each other as they will be listening. The YMCA is to show unconditional love.” It was a good word. I am blessed to have such a great team.
As I listened to Demi talk, I started thinking about something Jesus once said. “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Enter, you who are blessed by my Father! Take what’s coming to you in this kingdom. It’s been ready for you since the world’s foundation. And here’s why:
I was hungry and you fed me,
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,
I was homeless and you gave me a room,
I was shivering and you gave me clothes,
I was sick and you stopped to visit,
I was in prison and you came to me.’
“Then those ‘sheep’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?’ Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.”
The Clark County Family YMCA Transformation team is:
Feeding the hungry.
Giving the thirsty something to drink.
Welcoming the homeless.
Collecting and giving clothes to those in need.
Visiting the sick and imprisoned.
Words are important. It is not enough to just do these things. We also encourage and show love while we do so. This is the Y.