"Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
when it is in your power to do it.
Do not say to your neighbor, 'Go, and come again,
tomorrow I will give it' - when you have it with you."
"We have all hurried by a friend or a stranger in need, telling ourselves that we would help if only we had more time, more money, more courage. 'Next time,' we say to ourselves, knowing full well that there might not be an opportunity tomorrow..."
--Richard Foster, "A Year with God"
How many times have you listened to someone's troubles, witnessed someone's pain or frustration, and thought to yourself, "it's not my place to help... it's not my talent that will help... I don't have time right now, someone else will help..."
I do it all the time. Unfortunately.
If we were all to think those thoughts all the time... Some people would never get the kind word, helping hand, or moment they need.
So as you go through your day today - as those negative thoughts pop into your head as you see someone in need. Take a moment. Stop. And serve.
Maybe you don't have the money that could solve a person's dilemma - but you could listen. Maybe you don't have the time to make everything all right - but you know of someone who could help. Maybe you don't know the answer - but you could give a hug.
Start small. Ask God for help. Listen. Then, act.
God will be there in the moment.
Nebraska and After
3 days ago