Lost Cause

Working in my field, with these particular juveniles, I often hear from colleagues and even parents of these children, they’re a lost cause; I’ve given up on them; there’s no hope…

This is one of the most sad places to be: a lost cause.

I know because I was once a lost cause. But God.

I know that recidivism is a real thing – a real problem. I know the statistics. However, I also know that with God, all things are possible! I have a difficult time believing in such a thing as a lost cause. Maybe because that would make my job pointless. Maybe because that would mean I’m still a lost cause.

I’m reminded of the man with the infirmity 38 years in John 5. He spent how many years laying beside the pool at Bethesda because he didn’t have a man to put him into the water so that he could be the first one in, the first one was the one to receive the healing, the blessing. He was indeed a lost cause. That is, of course, until Jesus passed his way and offered him wholeness.

It’s just like that for us. When we allow Jesus to come in and make us whole, no longer are we lost causes or even infirmed, we can be healed, whole, new.

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV

*Image by Yours Truly

15 comments

  1. Jessy,
    I’m enjoying reading your Blogs. So powerful yet very comprehensive and it really makes me reevaluate how I look at and approach my daily life thoughts and how I react. Thank You for The Biblical backing in everything you Blog. 💕🙏🏼

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  2. I think that Jesus most of all knows there’s no lost cause. But I’m sure He grieves as we would over someone who’s not found Him before their life ends. I belong to a recovery ministry and we had one guy who was a food addict. He went through all the 12 steps and started a recovery group in his city. But he relapsed and turned into a hopeless wreck. He’s so big and can’t succeed at anything now. I grieve for him more than I do for someone who dies. He’s living a life of torture. I often wonder how much more does Jesus grieve than we do over these people and their situations.

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    1. You know, I know that Jesus must surely grieve more than we can even imagine. It’s hard for us to see those we love, work with, meet, friends suffer… God is our Father! He created us, you know? God bless you for the work you do. Prayers lifted for the gentleman who relapsed. I have worked with addicts. As you have mentioned, addiction has many faces beyond drugs and alcohol. And just as detrimental. The addictive behaviors and addict mind, no matter the addiction, is just as impulsive and pleasure/pain/reward seeking.

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    1. Yes. No one is trash. As for the addict, many of the teens I work with are addicts and come from addict parents.. A better question to ask is “what happened to you?” Not that I try to give these kids an excuse for their crimes or actions. The sad reality is they have endured traumatic events that we could never imagine. It’s so sad.

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