A college professor had his sociology class go into the Baltimore slums to get case histories of 200 young boys. They were asked to write an evaluation of each boy’s future. In every case the students wrote, “He hasn’t got a chance.” Twenty-five years later another sociology professor came across the earlier study. He had his students follow up on the project to see what had happened to these boys. With the exception of 20 boys who had moved away or died, the students learned that 176 of the remaining 180 had achieved more than ordinary success as lawyers, doctors and businessmen.
The professor was astounded and decided to pursue the matter further.
Fortunately, all the men were in the area and he was able to ask each one,
“How do you account for your success?” In each case the reply came with feeling, “There was a teacher.”
The teacher was still alive, so he sought her out and asked the old but still alert lady what magic formula she had used to pull these boys out of the slums into successful achievement.
The teacher’s eyes sparkled and her lips broke into a gentle smile. “It’s really very simple,” she said. “I loved those boys.”
Source: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Side Note: Love is the all powerful force…there is nothing stronger than seeing past the faults and right to the need. We often , and for real, do see others’ faultsand we many times can relate to others when they are low- maybe in times past, we too, have been low. However, it’s when we use love, our ability to love and love love overcome our reaction to those who really need to be loved, that’s when lives are changed.
You see, your ability to love and the fact that you have love in you shows that there is a place in you where God dwells. If you know how to love and show compassion, to cherish a moment, a person, a job…that’s when things change as in the story above. 1 John 4:8 talks about love, and love being God. Where love is there is the presence of God. When we love others, we send that love, we release the warmth and care of God to others; it’s then sent back to us. Love begets love. And love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8-Charity) .
Go and change someone’s life today. Let love dominate your every action and reaction. People are hurting and need you today!