An Almost Missed Opportunity
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!
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