It happened a few days ago but I keep thinking about it.
I went to Fair Havens to pick up a phone charger that one of my friends had forgotten. As I was leaving the office, I saw Harold, an autistic man, who I had met the previous weekend. Harold helps out with grounds maintenance. That particular morning, he was moving slowly and he looked sad. I sat in the car and watched him for a few minutes.
I wondered if there was anything I could do for Harold and I was about to get out of the car when an older man walked towards him. The man was wearing a suit and most likely, had a busy work day ahead of him.
Yet, he took time to care.
I watched him listen. I watched him ask questions. I watched him put his arms around Harold and pray with him.
Then the man picked up some of Harold’s lawn tools, walked with him for a while and listened more. When Harold was finished talking, the man shook his hand and carried on with his day. He wasn’t in a hurry. He helped Harold and Harold was smiling again.
It was beautiful to witness. Most of the time, people brush by each other without a hello or a smile. There’s so much to do in a day and helping others isn’t a priority. We miss hundreds of opportunities to make an impact on someone’s day because we’re not looking for simple ways to serve.
I received an email today from my sister-in-law that reminded me that “it’s all about how you arrange your mind.” It’s just not that complicated. The more pro-active you are, the more natural it becomes.
Choosing to honor people takes a disciplined mind and a heart full of love. I want to help people in a way that it’s the pattern of my life, not the exception.
What about you?
For sure, I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink in My name because you belong to Christ will not lose his reward from God. Mark 9:41 NLV