Jessie’s life before Mercy Home had its ups and downs. But when the difficult times began to take over, he knew that something had to change.
“I was in a negative mindset so I was doing a lot of things that I shouldn’t really have been doing,” he remembered.
A particularly difficult point was his relationship with a cousin, who Jessie was warned about by his family as being bad news.
“[I thought], I can probably help him be better, change his mindset, inspire him to do better than he was,” Jessie said. “And I see, or at least I suspect, that turned on me.”
Jessie came home one day to discover that his room was in disarray and things were missing. He had been robbed by the same cousin he was trying to help.
Though he was tempted to retaliate—”my mind was going in a bad, bad direction”—and his cousin continued coming around his home, trying to provoke him, his mother challenged him to choose a more positive path.
“She [said], ‘You’re becoming a man now, so now you gotta make good choices. You gotta be smart about what you do. But whatever you do, just know you gotta deal with the consequences. Every action has their consequences,’” he said.