Wednesday, November 20
31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. 32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.
The humiliated lady holding up the checkout line at the grocery store as she tries to find enough change in her purse to pay for her food. The traveling family on the side of the road with a flat tire or engine trouble. The elderly neighbor who’s lawn is overgrown and in desperate need of attention. These are all common everyday occurrences that are opportunities to be generous with your time, talents, or resources that so many people turn a blind eye to. When is the last time you allowed an observation to become an opportunity? Did you ever stop to think that the one day you saw a person with a flat was the same day you took a different route home from work? When the Lord allows you to observe an opportunity to be a blessing, He expects you to take advantage of it. It’s easy to come up with every excuse in the book as to why you can’t help ‘this time’. There will always be somewhere to be, or something needing your attention. This is where you have to differentiate between what’s important and what’s important in the moment. That lunch meeting your heading to may be important but is it as important as helping a traveling family who’s broken down alongside the road. Your kids may be waiting at school but picking them up ten minutes late pales in comparison to paying for someone’s groceries who might not otherwise have food that evening. In most cases any inconvenience you may experience will be far outweighed by the joy that comes from seeing the Lord use you to change someone’s life. When the times comes, and it will, when you have the opportunity to be Jesus to someone, will you stop and help, or will you ‘pass by on the other side of the road?’ Decide now that you will come their aid. If you don’t, the excuses will win every time. – Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff