While letting go of things this year, I’m also challenging myself to STOP as needs arise to help others. I didn’t realize what a big struggle this would be. I’d like to tell you – I get it right and I complete the task with a great attitude, but I can’t!
Like the day recently when I was running behind all day long. My heart was beating fast reminding me that there was no way I would complete my list of deadlines due that day. I had just hopped in my car for the 4th meeting of the day when my phone rang. It was a girl who I met at the shelter and she wanted to attend my Bible study beginning that night. The problem was that she needed a letter turned in to the shelter authorities giving her permission to be out past her specified curfew.
And you would know I hear the word STOP!
So I argue with the word.
I don’t have time to draft a letter. I can’t go do that right now. She’ll just have to miss a week.
There’s that voice again . . . STOP!
Convicted by my own challenge, I stopped. Turned the car around, cancelled the meeting, wrote a letter and took it to the shelter.
The smile beaming from ear to ear when I arrived with her letter and her kind words were all worth me stopping, rearranging my schedule, and going out of my way for the one.
You can see, once again, change is hard for me. But I’m learning to love the blessings on the other side of change.
Is changing your plan mid-stream to reach out to others an easy thing for you to do? Or are you like me and miss many opportunities because I’m so stuck on MY plan?