As you can see from the previous stories, sometimes people get lost. But with time, and enough love and understanding, sometimes they can also find themselves in a better place than where they started. They once were lost but now are found – that’s amazing grace for you.
My husband and I always tried to keep an eye out for lost children. Lord knows we certainly had enough practice with our seven. Experience had taught us that all it took was a kind word or sympathetic ear to keep people on the right track.
However, as my sons and their friends would attest – and a swift kick in the pants or a sciafe to the head on occasion could also be sufficient motivation.
I remember one story in particular of a young man who found himself in some difficult financial circumstances. One day he stopped by our house to try and sell a pair of new athletic shoes. Knowing his situation, it wasn’t difficult to guess how he found the shoes.
When my husband Jim asked the young man where he got the shoes, he said he found them. Jim said he would buy them on one condition, that the young man put them back where he found them. The young man agreed.
So you’re probably thinking what’s to stop the young man from selling the shoes elsewhere else? Well here’s where the psychology kicks in.
Jim said to the young man, “I want you to know that this is the best ten dollar investment I have ever made.”
And you know what, it was. He grew up to be a fine young man and every time I see him, I couldn’t be more proud.