Make me like Joe!

Joe was a drunk who was miraculously converted at a mission. Prior to his conversion, he had gained the reputation of being a dirty wino for whom there was no hope, only a miserable existence in the ghetto. But following his conversion to a new life with God, everything changed. Joe became the most caring person that anyone associated with the mission had ever known. Joe spent his time hanging out at the mission, doing whatever needed to be done. There was never anything that he would have considered beneath him. Whether it was cleaning up the vomit left by some violently sick alcoholic or scrubbing toilets after careless men left the men’s room filthy, Joe did what was asked with a smile on his face and a seeming gratitude for the chance to help. He could be counted on to feed feeble men who wandered in off the street and to tuck into bed men who were too out of it to take care of themselves.

One evening, when the director of the mission was deliver­ing his evening evangelistic message to the usual crowd of still and sullen men with drooped heads, there was one man who looked up, came down the aisle to the altar, and knelt to pray, crying out for God to help him to change. The repentant drunk kept shouting, “Oh God! Make me like Joe! Make me like Joe! Make me like Joe!”

The director of the mission leaned over and said to the man, “Son, I think it would be better if you prayed, ‘Make me like Jesus’”.

The man looked up at the director with a quizzical expres­sion on his face and asked, “Is he like Joe?”

May our lives be like Joe’s, allowing Jesus to shine through us to the needy people around us.