Don’t tell anybody at work, but today was a slower day. For a variety of very ethical and helpful reasons, I worked from home today. (Besides, it was Earth Day, and I reduced my emissions by driving less!)
At the end of one appointment, I stopped at the grocery store to pick up some fixin’s for supper. As I pulled up to a really great parking space (without even having prayed about it – imagine that!), I saw a senior gentleman standing outside his car, hood raised, booster cables at the ready. I parked the van and approached him.
“Do you need a boost, sir, or is someone coming to help you?”
The short answer was that a boost would indeed be helpful to him, so I repositioned the van, and got him and his wife (their car, that is) boosted up and on their way. My good deed for the day, I thought to myself.
Then, once I was home, van parked, another senior gentleman approached me. He was delivering a prescription for a local pharmacy, and wondered where a particular street was. I didn’t know, but volunteered to look on my map to help him. Two good deeds for my day? This got me thinking there was something unusual going on.
Here’s the deal: normally, I’m going at a mile a minute. I see people in need more than just today, but most of the time, I don’t have time to help them. I just speed past and focus on the task at hand, for which the clock awaits me like a tireless taskmaster. Not today. I worked from home, had things spaced out sufficiently to allow for a more relaxed pace. And look at the opportunities God placed before me.
Jesus said that if do helpful things for others, it’s like doing them for him. So I was happy to serve my Lord today in ways unexpected.
So why not slow down yourself? You might be surprised what happens.