Good Men in the Making
It started out as just a friendly conversation based off a simple question asked often in Louisville “Where’d you go to high school?” My response was Waggener. The other people around then stated their answer, but one person started with, “Well, um, well first I went to Valley and then was at Doss…” You could tell that the story had more behind it. The guy then went on to say that he stopped going to high school his sophomore year and never finished.
However, 17 years later he is now back trying to complete his GED. He wants to better not only his life, but his kids’ lives too. This entire conversation happened in the St. Stephen Family Life Center right by the cable cross over machine. The three men in the conversation all had tattoos, some had gold teeth. They talked about their stints in jail and how they now have a better perspective on life.
They went on to discuss how they used to be a “n!gg@” but now are men and the difference. They used to run around and do things thinking only about themselves but now they put their family first. But the conversation continued to improve. They started quoting Bible verses that kept them motivated. One mentioned be able to freely now show his sensitive side.
And I just sat there in awe. Here were three men that on the outside could be intimidating to some people. Three men that have done others wrong. Three men that have served their time. But, also three men trying to make it RIGHT! I felt so blessed and fortunate to be able to stand and listen while they continued their conversation. They are trying to make a difference in others lives, but they already made a difference in mine. Remember, your story still has more chapters in it and you don’t have to be defined by your current character. If you want a better life, do something to guide you in that direction!