James 1:22-25 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.
We arrived to the library between the 1st and 2nd session of story time. With 20min to spare we walked over the the playground. On the way we spotted a man lying on the sidewalk with his sweater under his head.
“What’s going on here, Lord?” I prayed casually.
My youngest promptly asked why he was laying there. Not wanting to be rude, I didn’t answer immediately so she asked again. I changed the subject as we walked past him, clearly asleep.
Not thinking any more until 10min later, we walked toward him returning to the library. He stirred. I said, “Hi, buddy” He didn’t sound cohesive and looked around a little out of it. ‘Clearly he’s high’, I thought to myself, ‘it won’t do any good trying to talk to him’.
More truthfully, I wanted to get my 2 little ones to story time. I didn’t want to take time, or effort.
The problem was, I started thinking and assuming with my own thoughts instead of continuing to consult with the Lord.
Blocking it out of my mind, we enjoyed a jolly good ol’ time at the library.
Until later that evening, I came across the story of the Good Samaritan… and the Lord gripped my heart. I was totally the pharasee here in this picture. I walked past this fellow, though not battered and bruised, perhaps in need of a Savior.
Boo. What kind of saving faith did I convey not reaching out further to this young man. I guess I will never know what I missed out on the Lord doing that moment.
When there’s a failure, there’s a lesson and grace from our Lord. Todays verse is now etched a little deeper into my heart.
Lord, I never want to think my own thoughts again if it means not consulting You! Fill me with Your Spirit and the good sense to pray more when I arrive upon someone You might be trying to reach. Let me be a doer if the Word, not just a hearer. ~Amen
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