Last Monday, I was sitting at Sonic early in the morning buying some time before I had to be somewhere. While I was there, I was reading Facebook on my phone and eating. In front of me I could see a man who I actually know from working in the ER, who is homeless. He wasn't begging, he wasn't even making eye contact with anyone, he was just pacing back in front of a few cars, including mine. Sadly, I ignored him.
While reading a facebook post from a former student who said she watched Pay it Forward (a great little movie) and decided to make a new year's resolution to do something for others instead of focusing on bettering herself. She wanted to write a blog of 100 random acts of doing things for others throughout the year. "How awesome is that!" I thought (as I continued to ignore the homeless man--with the blanket wrapped around him--in 30 degree weather). Sometimes we can be so blinded by. . . ourselves.
When I looked up again, someone (I didn't see) gave this gentleman food. I had tears in my eyes as I watched him forage through the package hurriedly. I was ashamed. I sat with my warmed car, warm food, on my luxury phone, while a man (who I know is not a drug user or alcoholic) needed food and I ignored him. Worse--I was getting excited about someone's project of doing good for others--all at the same time.
He ran off after that, and I felt horrible.
I worked that night, and while leaving the hospital around 11:30 pm. I was walking through an empty waiting room. . . and there he was. This gentleman. I was so excited. God had given me a second chance. He was hanging out in a warm place. I called him by name, said hello, and was able to provide him with some money to eat that night.
I was so thankful. It's really not about us. If we lived like we were dead--and didn't think about ourselves first, I believe there would be so much less discord, anger, and broken relationships.
So, on Mondays (taking from Klove's "Make a Difference Monday")--I'm going to write about making a difference--and opportunities that I had -- and MADE--during the week--to put others--first!
Hope you join me.
- Hey--It's me. I'm a simple, crafty, adventure loving wife and mom who loves to learn about almost anything. I enjoy the blogging community and love learning and growing from reading other's experiences. I became an RN (after being a teacher) and then realized I had lost the creative outlet of my classroom. I've always enjoyed arts and being creative, so I began sewing, smocking, soap making, and delving into other new hobbies! :) I live with my wonderful husband who is my best friend and our sweet little girl. Together we have entrusted our lives to Christ and His purposes. So through this blog, I invite you to walk along with me and my family through our daily adventures!
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