There shouldn’t be any of them. Unfortunately, I met three of them today down from Wisconsin named Erica (18), Ashley (19), and Matt (18).
What was impressive about their situation was not the fact that they were living out of a car with no money, but their attitudes.
The reason they were homeless was because their parents had kicked them out due to excessive partying so they took a car and drove as far as $100 would take them.
That landed them in Jacksonville, FL. Home of nobody they knew.
I asked them if they regretted partying so much and you know what they said?
No. You only live once.
*furrows brow* Come again now? That wasn’t the answer I was expecting. As a Christian, can I kick these kids in the head? Seriously.
I’m only 25, so it’s not like I’m that much older or that much wiser, but I know that’s not the type of attitude an 18 year old should have whose been living on the streets for the past three days.
These kids sounded legitimately excited to be on the streets. It was like they were in the honeymoon phase of homelessness. I’ve met a lot of homeless people who have no desire returning back to society, but to have it come from teenagers really breaks my heart.
It’s just not right.
God, please open their eyes. They don’t know what they’re doing. Reveal yourself to them. Show them that their lives are not theirs to throw away.
Let them experience your tangible presence. And let the high of partying pale in comparison.
God I pray they would reconcile with their parents and once again feel the warmth of a bed.