A Giving Heart

“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 25:38-40 NIV)

She was a very warm and pleasant woman who came into our office frequently to resolve some issue on her account. There took a degree of skill and patience to communicate with her as English was her second language, which she spoke shyly, unsure of her delivery. This was further complicated by the nervous habit she had of covering her mouth with her hand, self-conscious about her teeth which badly needed attention she couldn’t afford.

My coworker had become friendly with her over time and gained enough of her confidence for the lady to come to her on unrelated, personal matters. Such was the case this time when it soon became apparent that in order to help her customer out, she was going to have to go beyond the usual phone call or filling out some paperwork and actually accompany her to some government office to hash out the specifics. She would be put in the uncomfortable position of being an interpreter of sorts, a spokesperson, even though she didn’t know Spanish. 

When I asked why she was willing to go so far beyond the call of duty to help, my friend said, “I think God has sent her to me.” I am ashamed to say my complacency and callousness had prompted my asking her such a mean-spirited question. My friend was willing to go the extra mile without the benefit of praise or reward, and she isn’t the one who attends church regularly. Yet she was the one who saw God’s hand in the mix and responded.

Some of us aren’t called to be missionaries, going out and seeking those we can help. Sometimes those in need come to us under ordinary circumstances on an ordinary workday. We just need to be alert to God’s gentle persuasion in order to volunteer to do our part. He will never force or coerce; it is left to us to step up. He does it as much for our own wellbeing as he does for the people we are ministering to.

Dear Lord, Please help us to always have open hearts for all of the people you put in our path. Amen

Carol (NC)