Last week, Reggie Dabbs was our guest at the Senior School Speakers Assembly. Reggie speaks to around 2 million young people all around the world each year, and has been doing so for over 20 years. That’s a lot of influence for someone who was given up for adoption not long after birth. Reggie spoke on ‘Resilience’ and shared something of his own pain during the years from 8 – 21. At the conclusion of his speech, Reggie was asked ‘What got you through those painful years?’ He replied that it was ‘the unconditional love of his two foster parents and meeting a man who changed my life forever’.
Reggie’s foster mother was a teacher who once said to her students ‘I am always here for you and should you ever need me, I am here’. Reggie’s biological mother was in that class and when, as a single mother became pregnant with her fourth child, she sought out her favourite teacher for help. She offered to adopt Reggie and raise him as her own child, even though she and her husband were getting on in years.
The man Reggie referred to as changing his life forever was Jesus, who transformed Reggie’s inner pain and wounded spirit into the person he is today. The power of love to transform lives is profound. When we are loved unconditionally we experience the freedom to become the person we were created to be. Unconditional love is transformative. It is a wonderful gift to give another person.
St Paul, when writing to the church at Corinth, wrote ‘These three remain: faith, hope and love and the greatest of these is love’. May we all experience the transforming power of God’s love, so that we might pass it on to the people we love.
Senior School Chaplain