By: Tim Sader
Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy. (Proverbs 31:9)
Our training equipped my friend Larry and me to do work in computers and internet. When the job search failed Wall Webdesign and Hosting was born. We gave this business a real good shot but learned that nothing is a sure thing unless God is does it with us. After a brief period considering the job search again and working on a rap project with my friend Roger I was needing a new purpose. I started brainstorming and coming up with one idea after another but never had the means to get them started. Soon I became civically and politically minded; I wanted to do something that made a difference. A family in the neighborhood met a young man John who was homeless and they gave him a place to live. He was into skateboarding and the whole punk, goth, metal lifestyle popular in the early 2000’s. My neighbor’s son thought he was so cool and had to have a real skateboard that didn’t come from Wal-Mart. Before we knew it dozens of skater kids were gathering on our street and hanging out at random skate spots in our town. This lifestyle has a bad rap because of Viva-La-Bam and other MTV shows where young people would do ridiculous stunts to get a laugh from viewers. Also drug and alcohol use was closely thought to be a temptation for this group. When skaters started hanging out in the historical part of town some minor things happened at a business and the skater community was blamed for it. The city began passing ordinances against them skating in town or be fined and have their board confiscated. I thought it was a sad thing to attack these kids and turn them into criminals when they offered no outlet for their sport. I noticed the need for a skate park in a community that was failing these kids so I made it my new project. Instead of seeing them as bad kids I showed them someone had their back and I took my ideas to the city council with an impressive proposal that they accepted. These kids needed to be judged fairly in the community and this was my new goal.
I had no clue the amount of work it was going to take to get this skate park built. Originally what I proposed I hoped the city would make it part of their recreation department but for them insurance was outrageous. They needed us to be our own business or organization that would be in charge of the park and they would lease us the space for a dollar a year. Revolution Youth Association was born, I was President and knew nothing about running an organization. I got to work looking for funding, designing skate parks, planning fundraisers and organizing volunteers. After a year we raised the money to insure the park but had nothing left for building it. The project fell by the waste side because we could not justify paying to insure something we couldn’t build on. At that time skateboarding was made illegal everywhere in town except on their own property; that ended the fad so there was no need for a skate park. These kids who avoided adults allowed me into their world because when I saw a stranger in need I took up their case (Job 29:16). Through the hard work of a few disabled brothers we saw to the need of our new companions. I pray that we showed them that hard work can pay off and that giving to those in need is worth its rewards (Acts 20:34-35). As believers we should be doing good deeds when we see an urgent need and in doing so we will no live unproductive lifes (Ti. 3:14). When we see someone in need but do nothing to fulfill their need what good is it? Faith without action is dead (Jas. 2:15-17). If we have no pity for the needs of others how can we be full of Gods love? We do not love with words only but by our actions and in truth (1 Jn. 3:17-18). All believers are called to be shepherds to those who God has entrusted to us not because we must but we should want to serve others (1 Pt. 5:1-2). Revolution Youth was a step for me in the right direction. I saw a need in the world and prayed hard to see it happen. It may not have been Gods plan but instead of looking to get rich I was doing a good work to improve the lives of these kids.
Lord, I ask that we would not miss the needs of those who you’ve surrounded us with. Help us to see the blessings when we give to others not because you want us to but because we want to do something good for someone else. If we are in the midst of difficult projects to help others we ask Lord that you would bless the time and effort we put in and help to be successful. Help us to speak up when injustice is done to the poor or if we see others in need of our help. In Jesus Name, Amen.
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