Well today I officially went into poverty. Not for real but I changed identities and became Albert Aber. I was married and had 2 kids. This was a simulation in Leadership Amarillo Canyon but it hit me hard. Things were so hard. I had no job, unemployment benefits had run out, my wife didn’t work and we had $125 in the bank that we couldn’t use because the bank would only use it to get us partly caught back up on a loan due to them. Let me tell you, this was hard. We couldn’t find a jobs to pay the bills, had 1 kid who got kicked out of school and spent time in jail. We didn’t even have enough money to eat. So at the end, our utilities were turned off, we were evicted from our house, we sold everything and we were hungry.
It showed me the roadblocks that people face when they have nothing and how desperate they’ll get to get anything. We saw it all. People stealing from each other and selling themselves to get money to pay for food for their kids. It happens folks and there are times we just need God to slap us with a day like this to remind us. Our comfort at times is taken for granted and this made each of us stretch out and see how it feels to stand in food lines, fill out government forms and be treated well, like hell by people because you have nothing.
It also showed me is that I’m blessed beyond belief. I couldn’t help but just get totally heart broken for people. There are tons of people in Amarillo tonight without a warm house, with no food, basically having nothing. During this simulation, I couldn’t help but stop and pray. I prayed for my simulation and real family and just thank God for what I have and how blessed we as a family really are.
So, during this Christmas season, pray for each other. We don’t know exactly what other families are going through but even in a town as small as Amarillo, there are thousands of families struggling with where their next everything will come from. Just don’t pray for them but search your heart and see how you can help them. Show God’s love to people and let him work with you and them to help everyone.
Love you all!