"My Father has given me authority over everything. No one really knows the Son except the Father and no one really knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him."
Then Jesus said, "Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
There she was – hurt. You could tell just by looking. Don’t know what
happened to her in the past, but she was hurting now. Look at her eyes.
Empty. No life there. Just going through the motions.
I wonder what happened to her that left her like this. I wonder, was
she deserted once? Has she been let down? Let down over and over?
Let down so many times that now, she expects to be let down.
“Move along,” she says. She’s a guard. No, a correctional officer.
That’s what she is to Kairos – correctional officer. But she may not be
that to the residents.
For many officers, there is a long trail at being disappointed by the
residents. They become jaded – cynical – and frustrated. It wears on
you – you know? They may even become hard hearted, even cruel.
She’s really more than a correctional officer, you know? She’s a Child
of God! Even if she’s not a believer, she is still God’s child. And she
What, you ask? How about prayers? Prayers – for her Spirit – for her
Salvation – for new eyes to see – for a new heart to love.
How about encouragement to lift her up? How about love – to wash
her clean for Christ? How about respect? Kairos Team Members need
to be respectful to the officers, and to love them.
Come to think about it, you have a chance to minister to the
incarcerated and to the incarcerator! What a blessing!
What is God saying to me through this Word?
How does Jesus give us rest?
Prayer Focus: Correctional officers
When we look at the people around as a person who has value, not for what we can get out of them in the way the world at large does, but looking for the good they bring and carry with them. When we look at people this way, we are looking for the spark of life God has breathed into them.
This view of people is totally opposite of how the world looks at and places value on a person. We are not judging them, categorizing their weaknesses as we compare our strengths to there weaknesses so that we can feel better about our own shortcomings.
We are not in denial over the differences of the people around us from ourself, whether they are good or bad (in our opinion). Instead of feeling better about ourself from tearing down the people around us, we are looking for their goodness. When we speak to the good in people we are reflecting how our very personal God and friend speaks to us.
As we become better at seeing the good in people, whether they walk in the true freedom Jesus gives us or even if there are still bondage issues they are working through, we become a positive force, an influence to bring out the best in people. We are accepting people as they are and not as we would have them to be.
Have you ever noticed this is how our God encourages each of us to not just change, but to become transformed. We are drawn closer to God through His loving kindness, not from being torn down, ridiculed and picking apart our faults.
It is interesting to me that God never praises our choices or even the works that we are doing, whether they are for Him, about Him or even in step with Him. In the Holy Bible it is no different. God is consistent as He always speaks encouragement, lifts us up and motivates us as He speaks to His purpose in each of us.
This helps to keep us from becoming prideful and thinking we are more than we are. It also helps us to be constantly aware of the powerful effect His grace gifts have on our ability to mature into a reflection of Jesus. It is through this kind of intimacy with our God that we are humble in spirit having a grateful heart with a growing appreciation for the true friendship we are able and privileged to have.