I recently flew to California to visit my family. All morning long I was rush, rush, rushing. It was a WorkNet graduation day so I was rushing to set up the classroom, rushing to finish the presentation, rushing to clean up the leftover mess, then rushing to get to the airport. I rushed to check my bags, rushed to rearrange the items in my bags so they met the weight restrictions.
I rushed to remove my necklace, earrings, bracelet, belt, shoes and work key card. Then I impatiently waited for the end of my pat down because in my rushing I had forgotten to remove my name badge. Finally I got to the gate; just as they were about to board. I found my place in line and waited, mentally rushing the 20 people in front of me. As I started down the terminal I was still rushing the lady in front of me with the two small children, hoping she would soon develop a sense of urgency. I wanted to yell, “COME ON PEOPLE!! Hurry up!” Then we were stopped. “Noelle, Noelle Pee please come see the gate attendant, please come see the gate attendant.”
I turned around, annoyed that I was being forced to stop my rushing. “Miss, this is the right terminal, but you are about to board the wrong plane. Yours doesn’t board for about two hours. Why don’t you sit down, relax, and have some lunch!” Well, it was a good thing that I had done my makeup that morning so when I walked back through the line of people I at least looked like a pretty idiot!
Needlessly rushing, how much did I miss as I was rushing through my day? Did I take time to comfort the woman who recently lost her husband? Did I see the child desperately longing for attention? How many people did I fail to see because what I thought I needed was more important to me that those that actually needed me?
Matthew 25:35 says “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “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.’
How I failed to be the blessing that I could have been, had I not been rushing through my day I could have taken the time to make a difference in someone’s life. Take time to notice what is going on around you. Be willing to stop to help someone in need. Don’t allow the opportunity to bless others pass you by.
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