"Christianity Is A Life We Live, Not Just A Creed We Profess!" Micah 6:6-8
It's so funny - when I struggle with something - God does seem to answer me - I call them God Winks. This was our sermon at church today. Just what I was dealing with this week. This was a song our Praise Band sang. Keep on the Sunny SIde of Life.
The quotes the last couple of days have been about pushing yourself past your limits. It can be in the Christian Realm or the Secular one.
The Christian example could be when Jesus asked the disciples to leave what they were doing and follow him OR to walk on water. They had to push their limits don't you think?
A more secular one could be - to forgive someone who hurt you or abused you - and move on to a better life. Not to let yourself get bitter - makes you push yourself past your own limits.
It was winter break this past week and everyone was home. Tuesday I had PT in the morning. Came and picked the daughter and GS up and they went with me downtown to my gastroenderologist appointment and then we all went for our yearly dermatology check up.
As we left the firs appointment to go to the second in Sandy Springs, we saw a woman - with all her belongings sitting out on a bench. You know landlords do that when you don't pay your rent - they put everything you own out.
We talked about it.
Went to the second appointment and drove past her again to go to dinner to wait out the traffic.
She was still there.
We ate a very nice dinner.
We left and headed towards the expressway and all of a sudden we started talking about that woman. GS said we needed to go give her the blanket in the car. Daughter and I talked about it and agreed and I turned around. We had about $40 dollars between us so we decided to give her that as well.
Now PLEASE do not tell me what a great thing that was - or it won't count - as you are not supposed to brag about what you did - and that is not what I am trying to do at all anyway.
What I am talking about is or was it enough? Did I get out of my comfort zone to help this woman?
I was driving so my grandson and daughter gave her the blanket and money. GS said "God Bless" and the woman said it back to him and also told him "Do good in school!"
Now to me she gave us a blessing - she made the GS get the message that school is important to make it in life - she probably didn't do well or even get the opportunity to go to school. So she gave us the only gift she knew to give back to us.
As we drove off we all questioned ourselves - did we do enough? Was she going to have to sleep there? Was she going to get rescued? Why didn't we bring her dinner? Why didn't we take her home? What was she going to do with her stuff?
That would have been doing the extra mile thing. Why didn't I do more? Fear?
Well, next time I will think more, (but in the mean time - this is a problem that is going to happen more and more in this economy).
This is what I was thinking about the quotes this week - I stayed pretty much in my comfort zone to help this woman. I feel I should have done more.
So next time - I have to think more. Has anything like this happened to you?
Forgiveness is unlocking the door to set someone free and realizing you were the prisoner!
- Max Lucado