An Encounter with an Angelic Bail Bonds Person
Sometimes we find ourselves people watching in all sorts of interesting places. I don’t intend to get into the nitty gritty details of with whom or why, but I recently had an opportunity to spend a few hours in the waiting area of a detention center and had some interaction with a bail bonds person. Here are a few things I witnessed while watching and interacting with this angelic bail bonds person named Susi:
Susi treats each and every person with whom she interacts with dignity and respect, regardless of their circumstances. Even though she has to do the challenging work of tracking people down who may not always hold up their end of the deal, she holds folks accountable while offering words of encouragement. She had obviously built relationships with the magistrate, the jailer, and many folks who were not strangers coming and going for one reason or another at the detention center. As Susi worked with those who failed drug tests, had warrants for their arrest, or who were there to try get someone they cared about out on bail, each interaction was done with confidence, directness and with the expectation of accountability. Most importantly each interaction that I witnessed was filled with grace. People like Susi bring out the best in others.
We have choices to make each and every day as we connect with others. When we encounter people who may have made questionable or bad choices that may not only affect themselves but others it is easy to become jaded. We may feel justified, as we want to label people and write them off and determine that they are not worthy of our time and efforts, but as Christians that is not what we are called to do.
Time after time, if we pay attention to the Gospels, Jesus extends grace to those on the margins of society. Jesus healed the sick, spent time with people whom many considered to be outcasts. Jesus believed that people could and would do better, and because of his influence many responded and did so. If we give up on people and treat them like scum, some of them will give up on themselves and act like scum. If we treat ALL people that we meet with the sort of grace that Jesus exemplified we can change the world, one relationship at a time.
Sometimes folks will live into our expectations, whether those expectations are good or bad. Let’s set the bar high, try to see situations and people using God’s holy vision, and believe that all people are worthy of the kind of radical hospitality that Jesus taught us using the witness of his own ministry. Let us step out of our comfort zones and hang out in places where we might just meet Jesus through the witness of a bail bonds person or other agent of grace.
To God be the glory in all our abundant blessings,
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