Posted on Monday, March 14, 2011 in Uncategorized
I was driving home Thursday night after midnight.
As my headlights illuminated the shoulder I noticed a guy walking down the street carrying a gas can.
I pulled over and waited for him.
I offered him a ride to the gas station, he accepted.
I introduced myself. His name is Dave.
I told him I’d return to drive him to his car after I finished what I had to do.
I returned for him a couple of minutes later.
Dave walked for a ways, so on the return journey we had time to talk about our jobs.
Then Dave mentioned that he was driving home from church. Where do you go? “DSMI”, he replied.
Small world, so does my daughter. Dave knows my daughter.
Running out of gas is a bummer, but how cool that Dave was able to get a ride, and I was able to bless him with it.
How cool that at that very moment I was driving by and noticed him in the dark along a lonely stretch of highway at 60 mph.
Small world? Sure. Fate? Maybe. I prefer to take it a bit more personally.
Our heavenly father has a lovely way to show us how dearly he loves us!
Gary Smalley addressed the value of showing kindness to others — honoring them — as an act of love.
5. Honor goes hand in glove with love, a verb whose very definition is doing worthwhile things for someone who is valuable to us.
I honored a complete stranger.
Isn’t it ironic how we can be kind to strangers, but unkind to loved ones.
I know I would have given my daughter a hard time for running out of gas, but I didn’t say a word to Dave.
I know I would have whined if my son needed a ride if he had car trouble.
I know sometimes I don’t even like getting off the couch to get something in the kitchen for Amy. It’s ten feet away!
Maybe I’m alone in this, but I think most of us are petty and selfish. We feel entitled and self-absorbed.
The biblical book of Proverbs continues to transform my heart and my values. Perhaps you’ll find these motivating as you think about how to honor others too:
Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. [Proverbs 11:2]
Upright citizens are good for a city and make it prosper, but the talk of the wicked tears it apart. [Proverbs 11:11]
Your kindness will reward you, but your cruelty will destroy you. [Proverbs 11:17]
If you search for good, you will find favor; but if you search for evil, it will find you! [Proverbs 11:27]
Perhaps the tragic tsunami in Japan prompted you to think of sending money to a relief agency, if so, do it.
Honoring one another makes the world a better place!