Saturday, March 26, 2016

That smile....

As a coach and teacher I get to develop relationships with a ton of kids. Many years ago I met a young man who had a smile that never ended. I can only remember a handful of times, usually in the locker room, where he wasn't smiling. Being around him you couldn't help but smile too. His smile was infectious. Eddie I can't begin to know what your mind and heart were dealing with but know that you are loved both in life and in death. I know that God has a plan for this because he tells us that he works good in all things (Romans 8:28). I pray that you are at peace Eddie. I pray that through this tragedy others will not hide behind their smile or other mask that they put on. You're spirit will live on in this small, Michigan city through the lives of all the people that you touched. I love you and will miss you brother! Rest in peace Eddie! I was blessed to know you, coach you, and call you a friend.

For anyone who reads this and are dealing with some unseen issue don't hide it. Reach out to those around you. Everyone is a treasure of God, no matter what wrongs you have done, no matter what it is that troubles you or haunts you there is peace in the Father. "Let the little children come to me....for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children." Matthew 19:14. All of us are like these children, Jesus wants us to come to him. Seek him. Seek out those who love you and share your pain, those who love you will not mind, I promise you. Talk to someone, a friend, a parent, a sibling, a minister, a teacher, someone, anyone don't keep it inside. That which you hide away will only fester and boil to the point of breaking you.

For those of us who are friends, loved ones, or trusted individuals of others (that is all of us) be vigilant, keep your eyes and ears open to those around you. Sometimes the cries for help are barely audible, almost silent. Look past the facade, past the masks. Have compassion and empathy, be willing to be the shoulder to cry on, the arms to comfort, and the ears to listen. It could save a life!

In closing, I want to share my favorite song right now. As you listen to it read the lyrics, it's very powerful.

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