It still kinda baffles me how I got back on my feet again. It really wasn’t me at all but this I explained yesterday. I haven’t really talked about the logistics, where I in fact met Jesus. Through a series of serendipitous events I found myself at Angelus Temple, a church based out of the Los Angeles Dream Center.
“Founded in 1994, The Dream Center is a volunteer driven organization that finds and fills the needs of over 50,000 individuals and families each month by way of mobile hunger relief and medical programs, residential rehabilitation programs for teens and adults, a shelter for victims of human trafficking, transitional housing for homeless families, foster care intervention programs, job skills training, life skills counseling, basic education, and Bible Study” (www.dreamcenter.org).
It’s no coincidence the Dream Center is where I landed. I was looking for healing, I was looking for a Savior, and it was here I learned the healing power of the Servant’s heart.
In a very real way the Dream Center saved my life. Looking back, I see how serving others was essential to my own healing. Cynicism had hardened my heart. Life is hard and things don’t change. This was my truth. Except, after being born again, my own personal experience of God taught me the real truth. Life is hard but you can still have joy. Life is hard but things do change; for the absolute better, once you meet Jesus. There is One who is able to turn everything around. Miracles still happen. Hearts are changed, drug addictions broken, emotional wounds healed, withered life-dreams resurrected. All this, and God wasn’t exactly who I thought He was.
The Dream Center revealed God’s true heart to me. Its place of no judgment, no condemnation. There, you don’t have to believe to belong, you’re human, fearfully and wonderfully made, you already belong- always have and always will. Everyone welcomed, just as they are. Serving others is a lifestyle, it’s at the heart of worship, it’s how hearts are healed, and dreams are realized.
It’s where I really learned what Christ meant when He said to love others in actions and in truth. A relationship with Christ means making your own little corner of the world a little bit more beautiful. It’s really as simple as opening the door for someone with their arms full. It all counts, no matter how small. Every single action that is motivated by and executed with love, it all counts in His kingdom. No matter how tiny, it serves to make the world just a little bit lovelier.
Serving others was essential to my own healing. It’s essential still to keep things in perspective. It’s not about me it’s about the kind of blessing I can be to others.
Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
1 John 3:18
Dear World, I wish you the Servant’s heart.