People don’t choose to be addicts.
Addicts know their addiction is destroying them and everything they hold dear.
Yet addicts are powerless against their addictions. Their addictions rule and reign over their lives. They are at the mercy of their addictions. They are trapped and imprisoned by addictions.
It may look like it’s a kind and loving thing to provide a safe and clean place for people to shoot up and provide clean needles. But this is the opposite of love. It is keeping people enslaved to their addictions.
Help people get clean and sober.
And when they relapse, help them get clean and sober again.
And when they relapse, help them again to get clean and sober.
And when they relapse, help them to get clean and sober again.
No one wants to be miserable. No one wants to ruin their lives.
Help people to get free of their addictions.
That was the graffiti that greeted the team from my church when we were visiting one of the favelas (slums) of Belo Horizonte.
We were told not to wear jewelry, watches, carry money, cameras or other things of value while we were walking through the favela.
This is a place where violence is too common, life is cheap, and where the drug lords reign.
With no prospects for jobs and education, if you’re born in a favela, the likelihood is you will die in a favela.
God Creates…Mothers Raise…We Kill.
It’s dark. It’s evil. It’s reality in the favela.
As we were nearing our walking visit to the favela, another graffiti was pointed out to us that read:
Kindness generates more kindness.
What an amazing contrast to the earlier graffiti.
These two graffiti represent two ways of looking at life.
You don’t have to live in a favela to know which one leads to life and which one perpetuates death.
Particularly when death and darkness seem to be all around, that’s when the light of kindness shines most bright.