An Almost Missed Opportunity

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ 
Matthew 25:34-40 NIV

Saturday afternoon we made plans to head out of town for lunch and an errand. With Chris still in quite a bit of pain, we were on a mission. We didn’t have time to do anything extra or waste any time. 

That’s why I struggled when I heard that still, small voice whispering to me to do a small something for the group of individuals that had caught my attention. 

As we headed out of our stop into the cold air, Chris looked at me and said, “I wish I had _____, I would have liked to …” and finished with the same exact phrase that was still weighing heavy on my mind.

“For real? I already felt like I was supposed to do that! You guys go on. I’m on it!” I passed my keys to the eldest teenager. “Load dad in the car and get it started.”

A few minutes later I had taken care of the situation and buckled myself in the car. Chris looked at me and said, “As soon as we got in Lily wanted to know where you went. I told her, and she said, ‘Are you kidding me? I kept thinking we should really do that same thing as I watched them.’

Three out of four of us received and heard the same message Saturday. Yet not one of us actually stepped out to deal with the situation on our own. Each for our own reasons. And if Chris hadn’t mention that he wished he could have if, I probably wouldn’t have gone back in to take care of the situation.

If I hadn’t gone back in, Lily wouldn’t have told us she felt like we needed to take care of the situation until much later when we couldn’t have done anything about it.

I wonder how often, just in my small family, we all receive the same message through the Holy Spirit, but we assume we’re the only one and we don’t do anything about it. How many opportunities have we missed out on because we’ve talked ourselves out of it, made excuses for why we couldn’t, or were just afraid the rest of our party wouldn’t understand? 

What if everyone else got the same instructions and were just waiting on one person to go first?

You know, we didn’t do anything amazing Saturday. We didn’t provide a home for a homeless family, a family for an orphan, or a car for a single mom who needed transportation. We didn’t even let the individuals know who we were or why we did what we did.

I don’t even know if our act made a difference them. I do know it made a difference to us. I also know it made an impact to an employee who tried to talk me out of it with a ridiculous reason.

If you knew you could do one thing today that would change the world, would you do it? Don’t waste your opportunities!


7 responses to this post.

  1. It's interesting, some times I get urges to do certain acts of kindness but out of fear or insecurity I don't. I've catch myself now and can redirect my thinking which helps me follow through with my instincts. But you're right, how many of us are waiting for a leader to step up? Probably a lot! Nice reminder 🙂


  2. I am a huge believer in following those prompts. I once spoke on “Are you someone the Holy Spirit can trust?” and it was precisely about this subject. I have numerous stories to share but one that stands out the most is when I was driving down the highway in Washington state and of course, in a hurry. The Lord said “Tell that car to pull over” I knew that He would not be telling me this if it wasn't important. I sped up to the car in front of me, motioned for the woman to pull over. I got out and she was crying. She was on her way to kill herself and I led her to the Lord. Once that happens (and that was many years ago) you ALWAYS follow the prompting!


  3. Isnt is terrible how we usually rely on someone else to reinforce what we are already thinking? I know I'm guilty of this as well. Thanks for sharing this story and reminding us we need to pay attention to that still small voice.


  4. I love your prompts, they are all very interesting!


  5. This is a wonderful reminder. Yes, we do have those days when we shrug off some thoughts, and because of what I read in your post I will become more observant of it. It does not have to be big things in order to make a difference.

    Sending love from the #WeekendBlogHop!


  6. Great reminder. Many of us don't respond to the tug. I find when I don't I wrestle with it for days/weeks until I ask forgiveness from God. Thanks for linking up.
    Co-Host Oh My Heartsie Girl WW Linky


  7. Thank you for posting to Motivation Monday!


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