I’ve had a lot coming to my mind lately writing wise, and I have a ton of words on my heart that I know are meant for others to read/hear.
I have a story/testimony that I have been wanting to share lately, but never found the right time to talk about it…so now I will share it where it can be seen by many, so that many can reflect on this and realize some truths about selflessness.
Selflessness is a very hard thing, you know, especially when you are thinking about yourself - and I don’t mean like self absorbed or anything - just in the process of your everyday life, with all the errands and tasks to complete. I have a very true account of this, just from about two weeks ago.
It was a monday morning - I had a meeting at work to get to by 8:30am, this is a mandatory weekly meeting, always at the same time and place, always there. I had stayed in the Fort Worth area Sunday night, because I was too tired to drive back to the apartment in Dallas (which is where work is). Monday mornings account for extremely heavy traffic in all areas of Dallas, changing a 40 minute drive into an hour and 40 minute drive. So, I left somewhat early enough, but I was still running about 10 minutes late by the time I got to the office. I walk across the street from the parking lot to the staircase that leads to the office entrance. I drop some stuff out of my bag as I search for my card key to get in. I’m thinking “Oh my gosh I’m so late, I’m so late, I have so much to do, I’m late for this meeting and everyone is going to scold me in their minds as I walk into the door…” As I’m picking up my things, I see a man, not always there, walking closer to me…I’m thinking “Oh, please don’t ask for money, I have no cash, I’m so late, I don’t have time to talk to you…”
The man walks up to me, and nicely questions, “Can you help me find this address…### Commerce Street? I’m looking for the American Airline Center Offices for my job interview this morning…” Still, all I could think about was that I didn’t have time, because I was late for MY meeting, that is ALWAYS there…I was nice, but I didn’t help him. Based on the address he had given me, I knew he was almost there, so I said “Its somewhere really close, but I’m not to sure where, I’m sorry…” and I went up the stairs and into my meeting.
All during the meeting, all I could think of was how I actually DID have time to help this man, and I COULD help him…I wasn’t ill-equipped at that moment…It would have only taken me 5 minutes (or less for that matter) to look up his address on the computer for him. All I could think about was how bad I felt for not helping someone who truly needed it - and who was somehow brought to me, I know now that it was by God, for my assistance. I pray to God everyday to show Himself to me, in any way. Over the next few days after this encounter with this stranger, I heard a message at church about it: In the bible - Hebrews 13:2 - Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that, some have entertained angels without knowing it.
I realized that the man was God-sent, an angel, to open my eyes to my selfishness. To show me that helping others is really what I’m here for…to be selfless.
I remember another time when a stranger had come up to me at a RaceTrac while I was filling up my car with gas…I had gotten there just at the same time and place as this person, and he came to me, asking for help with paying for some gas…even just $10 dollars…and I helped him! I talked to him while I ran my card at the gas pump where his car was - and he told me that nobody else would help him. I remember that I felt rewarded for helping him, it made me feel good. I had a wonderful day that day, too.
That is what I have found out about myself, why God has put me here…to help when NOBODY else will…people are brought to my path for a reason…I have to do it for God.
Now that I have accepted my regret and asked for my Father’s forgiveness for not taking his blessing and helping the man a few weeks ago - I know that whenever I have the opportunity again to entertain an angel, I will not hesitate.
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Superbe nature morte réalisée par le photographe Kenyon Manchego pour le Bicycle Store
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