No. Really. I was robbed.
It happened this past Sunday.
While I was in the sanctuary during the first worship service at around 9:30, a twenty-ish looking young man entered my office, took my laptop, cell phone, two Montblanc Fountain pens valued at around 1k, and my computer bag.
How do I know all this? It was all caught on tape.
The likelihood of catching this particular individual is slim to none.
The thing that hurts more than anything else is that the guy literally took off with my brains. Almost everything that I've worked on plus all my calendar and schedule is either on the phone or on the laptop. The only reason why he didn't take off with my kindle and ipad was because I didn't bring those things to the office.
Thank God, I've got everything backed up!
Here's the thing. It's just stuff. Sure, it's a pain. Sure, it's going to be a big time hassle getting a new computer loaded with all my stuff. Sure, it's going to cost big time money to replace all those things. But, in the end, it's just stuff
But the soul of this young man - bold and desperate enough to enter into church, walk the hallways when there were loads of people around, enter into the pastor's office and take off with all this stuff - is not.
He gets one shot at this life thing.
As you are reading this, pray for this young man.
This time, no one got hurt. But if this persists, eventually something bad is going to happen and he's either going to get hurt or he's going to hurt someone else. And then, it's not just petty theft.
Pray that he comes to know Jesus. Pray that God touches and changes his heart. Pray that he changes before he gets hurt or before he hurts someone.
Pray also for is our community. People are really hurting. The times are really hard. The local food bank has been helping more people than ever before.
Something needs to change. Pray that the economy picks up for everyone around.