It’s true that you really can’t know what’s inside a person just from looking on the outside. For example, that tough football player may still be an insecure little boy on the inside because he could never be good enough for his dad.

The young lawyer in her expensive suit might still be a broken, hurting little girl because she was abused when she was young.

Maybe, even that confident bank president is still full of hurt and anger from discrimination in childhood because of his skin color or because he grew up in a poor family.

Think about how so many of our young people are involved in crime. Leaving school without earning their diploma, joining gangs, shooting and killing in our streets and neighborhoods. Selling and taking drugs. Becoming parents at such a very young age.

I want to stop and let our young people know you are loved. Prison and the graveyard is not the answer for your hurts and troubled minds. You were not created to be caged in like an animal and your life being cut short.

Maybe, just maybe there was no parental guidance in the home. No family time. No love. No encouragement. No gifts at Christmas time. No church. No spiritual teaching. Why are we on welfare? Who and where is my daddy?

It’s a hurting thing when so many young people have such thoughts and no one to talk with because they believe that no one cares. There is a verse of scripture found in the Book of Psalm 142:4: “Look on my right hand and see, for there is no one who acknowledges me; refuge has failed me; no one cares for my soul.”

You see many people look strong and mature on the outside, but inside they are hurting emotionally and need healing.

I am reminded of a song by the artist William “Smokey” Robinson. The title is “The Tracks of my Tears.” Here are some of the lyrics of the song:

“People say I’m the life of the party because I tell a joke or two, but take a good look at my face, you’ll see my smile looks out of place, you look a little closer it’s easy to trace the tracks of my tears.”

People still have deep wounds and painful memories of things that were said or done to them when they were children or teenagers. If you have been living with pain, fears or anger from the time you grew up or how you were treated in the past, these hurts and bad memories can be like chains that hold you in prison emotionally.

As a pastor who cares, I know it’s not recreation and material things that give happiness and contentment. I found out for myself. I found my refuge and joy in Jesus. You can do the same.

You are somebody, you are loved and have the God-given potential to become the fulfiller of your dreams. Don’t give up! Don’t ever give up! I know where there is anger, hurt, pain, and failure there are people that care.

There are guidelines for prosperity, healing, happiness and success. It’s true help available. If you desire you can call me at 870- 541-0341 or 541-0177. The church is Breath of Life located at 1313 S. Pine St. Come, I’ll leave the light on for you.

The Rev. Kerry Price Sr. is the pastor at Breath of Life Church at Pine Bluff.

Editor’s note: Pastors or associate pastors interested in writing for this section may submit articles to Please include your phone number and the name and location of your church or ministry.